With two scene-stealing performances on the way, Winona Ryder is about to make us fall in love with her all over again
In director Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, a disturbing psycho-thriller set in the physically harrowing world of professional ballet, it’s slightly jarring to see Winona Ryder take on such a small part, not to mention see her play an aging principal dancer, Beth, who has been strong-armed into retirement by her New York company and tidily replaced by Nina, an ambitious innocent portrayed by a gaunt Natalie Portman. The film takes on a creepy hallucinogenic bent, focusing on Nina’s mental unraveling as she obsessively prepares for her starmaking turn in the company’s risqué version of Swan Lake. Ryder can’t be on-screen for more than 20 minutes—her role lands somewhere between cameo and supporting actress. And yet, as pallid as ever, with impossibly dark eyes that dominate her valentine-shaped face, she manages to make her presence seem big. The movie wouldn’t have the same palpable tension without her.
Amazing, amazing, amazing! That’s all I have to talk about the new photoshoot featured at January issue of Elle US.
Thanks to Sans Artifice for the pics below. Scans are on the way, as soon I got my hands on this magazine.
Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan opens in only eight cities today, so the rest of the country will have to settle for the new international trailer, which features a little more heavy breathing than the previous clip and an extra dose of Winona Ryder.
We got awesome news! Yesterday The 2010 Satellite Award nominees were announced, and Winona got a nomination for “When Love is Not Enough”.
Her co-star Barry Pepper was also nominated, and the movie itself!
Actress in a Miniserie or a Motion Picture made for Television
Claire Danes (Temple Grandin)
Hope Davis (The Special Relationship)
Judi Dench (Return to Cranford)
Naomi Harris (Small Island)
Ellie Kendrick (The Diary of Anne Frank)
Winona Ryder (When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson History)
Ruth Wilson (Luther)
The Satellite Awards are given out every year by the International Press Academy. This year’s ceremony will take place on December 19th.
I added a few more pictures from last night, some HQ and some in regular size. Check it:
Last night was the premiere of “Black Swan” in New York City and I have just added the first photos of Winona on the red carpet! More – and HQ sized – will be added as they’re released.