Winona Ryder's Hallmark Hall of Fame Moment

By thelostboy | The Lost Boys March 25, 2010 at 6:15AM

Winona Ryder's Hallmark Hall of Fame Moment
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Speaking of high TV-related expectations, here's one I largely suspect won't be met. In her first lead role in sometime, Winona Ryder was cast late last year in Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "The Lois Wilson Story. Based on the true story of Wilson, the co-founder of Al-Anon, and her relationship with alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. The couple enjoyed an upscale lifestyle in the 1920s, but his drinking eventually led to their downfall. Eventually, her husband became sober -- but Lois Wilson still struggled with her own issues surrounding his alcoholism. She eventually helped start Al-Anon in 1951 to assist people whose loved ones battle addiction...

Alright, so, I had initially thought this could actually be an opportunity for Winona to really shine. I'm sure she's had plenty of practice being drunk, and the story itself sounded like it could be more or less compelling and maybe nab her an Emmy nomination (imagine Winona vs. Claire Danes for "Temple Grandin"? The two women that defined my pop cultural obsession of the mid-1990s battling it out!).

But the below trailer/featurette type thing is kinda suggestive that's not where we're heading. Winona is extremely awkward onscreen and in the interviews of this horribly cut clip (that feels like an SNL sketch). But I guess you never know...