Julianne Moore has been sweeping the awards shows this season as the actress has been nominated at nearly every single ceremony held in recognition of outstanding cinematic performances. The star just received her fifth Oscar nomination on Thursday morning for her role in the newly released drama Still Alice.
Moore is a very well-established actress in the film industry and always receives much praise for her performances. A curious thing about the star is that many consider her to be the most underrated actress in all of Hollywood. Reasoning for her being known as this could be the fact that Moore rarely does commercial, mainstream blockbusters that are seen by the entirety of the country. Only up until recently has the actress starred in more commercial hits like Crazy, Stupid Love and made her franchise debut in the fall release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The actress will reprise her role as President Coin in the second part of the Mockingjay film, which will release November 2015.
Independent works and films that really allow for a skilled actor thrive are the projects Moore seems to focus her attention on most. Movies like Boogie Nights and The End of the Affair are more along the lines of what the actress tends to favor. The aforementioned titles are two of the five films that the star has received an Oscar nomination for. The remaining two films that earned her an Oscar nod, aside from Still Alice, are The Hours and Far from Heaven. Moore was actually nominated for the latter two films the same year, Far from Heaven earning her a Best Actress nod and The Hours for Best Supporting Actress. That was in 2003 and now the star returns to the awards 12 years later with a performance that will be tough to beat.
Critics and the limited amount of audiences that have witnessed Still Alice so far have been giving the film moderate praise, but acknowledging Moore for an outstanding performance. The actress takes on the role of a highly intelligent linguistics professor named Alice Howard who is at the peak of her career. Things go awry when Alice is diagnosed at age 50 with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The story follows Alice’s transition through various stages of the disease and the trials that her and her family must face in order to cope with the drastic change of lifestyle. The film also stars Alec Baldwin as Moore’s on-screen husband and Kristen Stewart as her daughter who is struggling to become an actress.
Moore’s transitional work in the film is a huge accomplishment and a very difficult acting feat to master. The star won both the Golden Globe Award and the Critics’ Choice Award for the part and all predictions are pointing at her to take home the Oscar as well. The star does face tough competition, with four other extremely talented ladies vying for the same prize. Marion Cotillard is nominated for Two Days, One Night and the other candidates include Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, Reese Witherspoon in Wild and Felicity Jones for her performance as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
Is Julianne Moore a lock for the Oscar win? Only time will tell when the Academy Awards are broadcast live on Feb. 22, 2015.
By Cody Collier