Julianne Moore is “the one” to watch this Award Season because of her critically acclaimed performance in Still Alice. This year marks Moore’s fifth Oscar nomination.
In Still Alice she portrays a professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Julianne Moore’s role as Alice Howland has earned her several awards already, including a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice Award.
Moore’s performance of a woman with Alzheimers is not an easy task to accomplish, from thoughts of suicide to forgetfulness, to someone who doesn’t recognize her own child, but Moore pulls it off in one of the most emotional performances this season.
Any time you portray a character you want to do it as accurately as possible, something Moore has gone beyond. The authentic depiction of a disease is a huge responsibility. To date there are 5 million Americans with Alzheimers. When asked about the disease Moore said, “Alzheimer’s is not a sign of aging and people think it is. It’s not, it’s a disease.”
In one scene we see Alice write down different words and then try to recall what they mean when a timer goes off, then panics when she can’t. In other scenes she forgets dinner plans with her husband and even where her own bathroom is in her house. All of these scenarios are real life struggles people with Alzheimer’s deal with on a daily basis and Moore wanted to be as accurate as possible.
According to InStyle.com Moore visited many patients who had early onset Alzheimer’s. “I spoke to women who had just been diagnosed, and was bowled over by the generosity of everyone I spoke to. If I didn’t witness it, I didn’t want to perform it.” In terms of what was hardest? “All of it. I wanted to get it right,” she said.
Moore’s performance in Still Alice has raised an almost innumerable awareness for the disease in addition to helping those facing similar problems find ways to cope. In one of the most poignant moments of the film Moore’s character Alice offers this advice, “I am not suffering. I’m struggling. Struggling to be a part of things. To stay connected to who I once was. So ‘Live in the Moment,’ I tell myself. It’s all I can really do. Live in the moment.”
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For more information about Alzheimer's Disease visit: http://www.alz.org/
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