Almost immediately after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September, Still Alice thrust its star Julianne Moore into the frontrunner spot for this year’s Best Actress Oscar race. Sony Pictures Classics immediately made a deal to pick up the film and said it would qualify it for the Academy Awards. That qualifying run begins today, and there’s no question Moore will be among the five nominees when they are named January 15.
As I say in my review above, Moore’s portrayal of Alice Howland, a woman in the prime of life who finds out she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, is easily one of this fine actresses’ finest — and that’s saying a lot as Moore has been nominated four times previously for an Oscar and won the Emmy for playing Sarah Palin in Game Change. For some viewers though Still Alice could be tough to watch as this disease hits so close to home for so many families.
Moore, is backed by co-stars Alec Baldwin as her husband and Kristen Stewart, wonderful as her compassionate daughter. The film was directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, the latter afflicted with ALS, another devastating disease. But his health woes did not deter him from making this film (or another 2014 title, The Last Of Robin Hood) as he could communicate with actors and crew by using an iPad.
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