Best Actress 2014: Julianne Moore for Still Alice

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A photo of Julianne Moore in Still Alice (via Collider/TIFF).

Oscar History: Four 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)

Oscar Present?
Role: Dr. Alice Howland, “[a] successful Columbia University professor [who] struggles to maintain her mind and self after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s” (via TIFF)

Awards:

  • National Board of Review (2014) – Best Actress
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival (2014) – Desert Palm Achievement Award (Best Actress)

Nominations:

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere
  • AFI Festival (2014)

Why? Joanne Woodward and Jennifer Lawrence famously took home Oscar gold for playing characters with mental illnesses. A four-time nominee, Moore also features in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, a blockbuster that will keep her name in the ink, and Maps to the Stars, which might net her a supporting nomination.

Why not? Will Still Alice factor into other races? The film might fail to take off with audiences a la Rabbit Hole (2010).

Ranking: No. 1 as of Nov. 25, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Actress in a Leading Role 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Kristen Stewart for Still Alice (more)

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