Sony Pictures Classics is making good on its promise to debut its Toronto acquisition Still Alice this year to qualify the film for an Academy run, announcing this morning that it will open the picture for one week in December on both coasts before releasing the film wider on January 16, 2015.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming broke exclusively that SPC acquired the Julianne Moore-starring film about a psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s this month at the Toronto International Film Festival in what was a low-seven-figure deal from filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Since premiering in Toronto, the film has gotten a fair amount of buzz for Moore who stars in the film with Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth.

The film is based on the novel of the same name by author Lisa Genova and is produced by Marie Savare, Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Maria Shriver, Emilie Georges, Nicholas Shumaker, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler.  It is a BSM Studio Presentation. It will close the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival on October 13th.

The story follows a happily married and renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family (which includes three children) find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, have together over their career garnered 140 Academy Award nominations, 114 of them at SPC, including best picture noms for Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, Capote, Howards End and Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (to name a few).