Landing the controversial lead role in the film THE BELIEVER was a career breakthrough for Ryan Gosling. His performance garnered him rave reviews and industry-wide attention. He continues to be noticed as "one of the most exciting actors of his generation," as recently declared by Manohla Dargis, critic for The New York Times. In 2004, he was lauded as ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow.
In 2007 Gosling was honored with both a Golden Globe and SAG Actor nomination for his work in LARS AND THE REAL GIRL. The previous year he garnered an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor for his role in HALF NELSON. His performance as Dan, a drug-addicted inner city junior high school teacher also garnered Best Actor nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Awards, Film Independent Spirit Awards, Chicago Film Critics, Online Film Critics’ Society, Toronto Film Critics and the Satellite Awards. He was awarded the Male Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review, and won Best Actor Awards from both the Seattle and Stockholm International Film Festivals.
Gosling’s performance in THE BELIEVER, which won the Grand Jury prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, garnered him a Best Actor Film Independent Spirit nomination, a Best Actor nomination from the London Film Critics’ Circle, and earned him the Golden Ram for Best Actor by the Russian National Critics Association.
He returned to Sundance in 2002 starring in the independent feature THE SLAUGHTER RULE, playing an emotionally vulnerable and estranged teen, opposite David Morse. He received strong reviews for his follow-up performance as a nihilistic predator in the psychological thriller MURDER BY NUMBERS, opposite Sandra Bullock. Other film credits include REMEMBER THE TITANS, starring Denzel Washington.
Gosling’s penchant to take on intricate and complex characters earned him the lead and title role in THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND, opposite Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle. Subsequently, he starred in the blockbuster romantic drama THE NOTEBOOK, followed by Marc Forster’s STAY, opposite Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the thriller FRACTURE as well as the lead in ALL GOOD THINGS.
In addition to his work on screen, Ryan recently released the album Dead Mans Bones.