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Will Julianne Moore’s Long Standing Relationship With Queer Filmmakers Finally Get Her That Oscar?

Will Julianne Moore's Long Standing Relationship With Queer Filmmakers Finally Get Her That Oscar?

Take a look at Julianne Moore’s incredible filmography and it’s pretty easy to notice a trend: The woman is a serious favorite of queer filmmakers (and her of them):  Todd Haynes (“Safe,” “Far From Heaven”), Gus Van Sant (“Psycho”), Stephen Daldry (“The Hours”), Tom Kalin (“Savage Grace”), Tom Ford (“A Single Man”), Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Kimberly Peirce (“Carrie”) all gave Moore some of her notable roles, and it didn’t go unnoticed. 

From those collective films came 2 of Moore’s Oscar nominations and 4 of her Golden Globe nods, and it seems pretty likely there will be a new addition to that in a few months. Her performance in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Toronto Film Festival “Still Alice” is nothing short of stunning, and now Sony Pictures Classics has smartly picked it up and placed it in this year’s Oscar race — one that is lacking in options for best actress honors.

Moore’s devastating and layered portrayal as a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s is among her career’s best.  It’s hard to imagine it not getting a nomination, and it’s definitely the most-likely-to-succeed for the win at this point. And it would be not one but two queer folks — professional and romantic partners Glatzer and Westmoreland — that get her the prize.  And she’d notably become the sixth example of a queer person directing someone to a best actress Oscar since 2000 (Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank and Nicole Kidman have all won Oscars with the help of queer filmmakers in the past 15 years — 3 of them notably directed by queer women.

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