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Landing the controversial lead role in the film The Believer was a career breakthrough for RYAN GOSLING [Sebastian]. After his performance garnered rave reviews and industry-wide attention,

Gosling's performance won the Grand Jury prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. He also received Best Actor nominations from the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the London Film Critics' Circle.

Gosling received strong critical praise for his follow-up performances in both the independent feature The Slaughter Rule, opposite David Morse, and the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers, opposite Sandra Bullock. His penchant for taking on challenging and complex characters led him to take the title role in The United States of Leland, opposite Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle. Subsequently, he starred in the blockbuster romantic drama The Notebook, and the New Line thriller Fracture, opposite Anthony Hopkins. In 2004, he was lauded as ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow.

In 2007, Gosling received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his role in Half Nelson as 'Dan', a drug-addicted inner city junior high school teacher. He also garnered Best Actor nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Online Film Critics' Society, the Toronto Film Critics Association, and the Satellite Awards. He received 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.

The following year Gosling was honored again with both a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Actor nomination for his work in Lars and The Real Girl, and once more by the HFPA in 2011 for the drama Blue Valentine, opposite Michelle Williams.

In 2011 Gosling starred alongside Steve Carell and Julianne Moore in the marital crisis comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. That same year he starred in Drive, an action film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, and George Clooney's The Ides of March. Gosling was noticed as "one of the most exciting actors of his generation," by Manohla Dargis, critic for The New York Times.

In 2012, Gosling teamed up again with director Derek Cianfrance in Place Beyond the Pines, alongside Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. Gosling was also seen in Warner Bros' Gangster Squad, directed by Ruben Fleischer, also starring Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. He worked with director Nicolas Winding Refn for the second time in Only God Forgives.

Gosling's directorial debut Lost River was released April 2015. Later that year, he starred alongside Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt in the Paramount film The Big Short, written and directed by Adam McKay. Gosling can last be seen in Shane Black's directed, Warner Brother's film The Nice Guys, alongside Russell Crowe, which premiered at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival.

Gosling can be seen next in the Terrence Malick film Weightless. He is currently in production on Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner.

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