Back in 2002, Julianne Moore was everywhere. She was snatching up prizes left and right for Todd Haynes' masterpiece, Far From Heaven, and then she devastated us again later that year with her performance in Stephen Daldry's The Hours. She received 2 Oscar nominations for both performances and joined the small club of performers who have been up for 2 films. Moore is set to have a big year again with 3 incredibly different performances.
The first official image for Moore's Freeheld came out yesterday (how I missed it, I don't know), and it's only adding fuel the flame. Based on the Oscar-winning documentary short of the same name, Freeheld revolves around Moore's Laurel Hester, a police officer who fights to have her pension benefits given to her partner (Ellen Page) after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. The film has had a few bumps in the road (a Catholic school reversed their decision to allow filming when they learned what the content was), but this still has fueled excitement for the project. Freeheld won't come out this year, and it also stars Steve Carell and Michael Shannon.
Moore won Best Actress at Cannes earlier this year for her portrayal of a fading leading lady in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars. It seemed for a while that she might nab a nomination, but then Maps change its release schedule so her chances dwindled.
The performance that everyone is waiting to see is in Still Alice. Moore plays a linguistics professors who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. It's the kind of performance that actresses dream of, but the word is that Moore might finally win her first Academy Award. To be honest, Moore winning is a dream, so I am hesitant to declare anything a done deal now. I don't want to jinx anything. Her walking up the stairs to finally win and Academy Award would be a huge highlight of my Oscar watching. I could just die right then.