Best Actress 2015: Julianne Moore for Freeheld

Julianne Moore as she appears in the first trailer for FREEHELD

The Facts

Oscar History
Moore has one win from five nominations

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for The End of the Affair (1999)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Far from Heaven (2002)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Hours (2002)
  • Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Still Alice (2014)

This Year
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police lieutenant who battles to secure pension benefits for Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), her registered domestic partner, when diagnosed with terminal cancer

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival – World Premiere (Sept. 13, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
U.S. Release Date: Oct. 2, 2015 (limited)
U.S. Box Office: N/A

Why? An afterglow nomination for Moore? Freeheld seems like Lionsgate’s biggest push here and in general…

Why not? Co-star Ellen Page may end up with the lead push, as it’s her passion project. Queer narratives with higher profiles, like Carol and The Danish Girl, may make a bigger splash. For a film that looks so good on paper, buzz is awfully quiet; the trailer did it no favors.

Notes

Ranking: No. 11 as of Sept. 7, 2015

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Picture 2015: Freeheld
  • Best Director 2015: Peter Sollett for Freeheld
  • Best Actress 2015: Ellen Page for Freeheld
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Steve Carell for Carol
  • Best Supporting Actor 2015: Michael Shannon for Carol
  • Best Adapted Screenplay 2015: Ron Nyswaner for Carol