“Thank you so much. I read an article that said winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that’s true I’d really like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me,” Still Alice star Julianne Moore said in accepting her first Academy Award, for best lead actress. “There is no such thing as best actress, as evidenced by the performances of my fellow nominees,” she insisted, referencing Marion Cotillard who had been nominated for Two Days, One Night; Felicity Jones in The Theory Of Everything, Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, and Reese Witherspoon in Wild.

Still Alice Julianne Moore Oscar“I’m grateful for this and for the opportunity to stand up here and thank people that I love,” said Moore, who’d already won a Golden Globe, the BAFTA, and a SAG Award, among other awards for playing a linguistic professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

“So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized and one of the wonderful things about movies is it makes us feel seen and not alone. And people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen, so that we can find a cure,” said Moore, who’d turned her fifth Oscar nom — and first in 12 years — into tonight’s win.

Backstage, Moore added, “I believe in hard work, actually, you know. And I think ‑‑ and I like stories about ‑‑ mostly I like stories about people. I like stories about real people and real relationships and real families, and that’s what I respond to. And this movie had all of those things in it. It was about …it’s about a real issue and relationships and who we love and what we value.”