When Julianne Moore walks the red carpet into the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Sunday, Jan. 11, Golden Globe Awards, she has good reason to have an acceptance speech — or two — memorized.
It has been quite a fall film season for Moore. She won the Cannes Film Festival’s best actress award for her role as a mercurial aging celebrity whose star is fading in David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars.” She is nominated for a Golden Globe for that film (in the comedy category) as well as for her much talked-about, devastatingly realistic portrayal of an early-onset Alzheimer’s patient in the new film “Still Alice,” co-directed and written by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
Based on the 2009 novel “Still Alice” by neuroscientist Lisa Genova, the film quietly screened without a distributor at the Toronto Film Festival. (Sony Pictures Classics picked it up within days of its premiere.) Buzz has been mounting ever since about Moore’s performance as Columbia University linguistics Professor Alice Howland, who must face the bewildering, and then unsparing, deterioration of her once-sharp mind.
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