Julianne Moore has won the lead actress Academy Award for her understated performance in “Still Alice” as a sufferer of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Moore’s victory had been widely expected. She won over Marion Cotillard for “Two Days, One Night,” Felicity Jones for “The Theory of Everything,” Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl” and Reese Witherspoon for “Wild.”
Moore portrayed a 50-year-old linguistics professor at Columbia U. forced to deal with a steady decline in her cognitive skills. She had dominated the field during the awards season, winning at SAG, Bafta, the Spirits and the Golden Globes.
It was the first Oscar for Moore, who was nominated four times between 1998 and 2002 for “Boogie Nights,” “The End of the Affair,” “Far From Heaven” and “The Hours.”
Moore noted in her acceptance at the Spirits that “Still Alice” notes that it was shot for $4 million in 23 days. “I brought my own bras and my own food,” she added.
The film was written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 bestselling novel of the same name. Glatzer is living with ALS.
Moore said in her acceptance speech Sunday that health issues prevented Glatzer from attending the ceremonies. She also she was “thrilled” that “Still Alice” shines a light on Alzheimer’s patients.
“People with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen,” Moore added.