We tried to be a little diplomatic. With the release of “Maps To The Stars” being pushed to 2015 and likely getting a VOD release, Julianne Moore’s Oscar chances as such are less likely, even though she won Best Actress out of Cannes for the David Cronenberg film. Thompson on Hollywood was a little bit more blunt: “Julianne Moore can kiss goodbye to any hopes she was nursing for an Oscar campaign for…Cronenberg’s… ‘Maps to the Stars.’” While a mooted awards season qualifying run would not matter much, things are looking up for Julianne Moore as of last night. Sony Picture Classics has picked up her Toronto International Film Festival film “Still Alice,” co-starring Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart, and will release the movie as an awards contender this fall.
Based on the book by Lisa Genova, the film tells the story of an accomplished Columbia professor, mother and wife, who becomes stricken with early onset Alzheimer’s. And while we had issues with the film itself (read our review), we did note that “Moore gets the showcase part, and does her usually strong work with it.” Of course, whether it will be able to make the grade in the always competitive awards season, we’ll just have to see.
No exact release date has been revealed for “Still Alice,” but Sony Pictures Classics will be adding the movie to an already impressive fall slate which includes “Whiplash,” “Foxcatcher,” “Mr. Turner” and “Leviathan.” Until then, check out the first clip from the movie below, along with some new pics.