Oscar Actors: Moore, Julianne–Best Actress, Still Alice?

In Freedomland, Julianne Moore plays Brenda Martin, a young woman who arrives at a hospital in Dempsy, New Jersey, and tells a terrible story about being carjacked, with her young son also stolen away in the car.

Moore is only the ninth person in the Motion Picture Academys history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year. In 2002, she was nominated for Best Actress for Far From Heaven and Best Supporting Actress for The Hours.

Far From Heaven was directed by Todd Haynes and co-starred Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert. Moore was the recipient of many critics’ honors for her performance in the film including National Board of Review, Independent Spirit, Los Angeles Film Critics and Broadcast Film Critics among others, and received a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress. The Hours, directed by Stephen Daldry and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Michael Cunningham, also starred Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. In addition to her Oscar nomination, Moore received numerous honors for her performance including a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

Moving effortlessly between box office hits and independent features, Moore recently starred in Revolution Studios The Forgotten, opposite Pierce Brosnan in Peter Howitt’s The Laws of Attraction and in Jane Andersons The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio with Woody Harrelson. She will soon star in Trust the Man, written and directed by Bart Freundlich and co-starring David Duchovny, Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal, opposite John Malkovich in Savage Grace, in Todd Haynes Im Not There: Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan and Alfonso Cuarons The Children of Men with Clive Owen.

She also starred opposite Kevin Spacey, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett in The Shipping News directed by Lasse Hallstrm, as well as with Billy Crudup in the Bart Freundlich-directed film World Traveler. Additionally, she starred with Anthony Hopkins in the blockbuster hit Hannibal directed by Ridley Scott and director Ivan Reitmans sci-fi comedy Evolution opposite David Duchovny.

Among her numerous notable performances are those in director Neil Jordans The End of the Affair with Ralph Fiennes and Boogie Nights directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, both of which earned her Academy Award nominations. She co-starred in Robert Altmans Cookies Fortune with Glenn Close, Charles Dutton and Liv Tyler, as well as the remake of Psycho directed by Gus Van Sant and co-starring Anne Heche, Viggo Mortensen, Vince Vaughn and William H. Macy. Moores work in An Ideal Husband with Rupert Everett, Minnie Driver and Cate Blanchett, earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Additionally, Moore starred in A Map of the World opposite Sigourney Weaver and directed by Scott Elliott, Magnolia directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, The Lost World: Jurassic Park directed by Steven Spielberg, The Myth of Fingerprints directed by Bart Freundlich and the Coen Brothers The Big Lebowski.

Moore was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for both Robert Altmans Short Cuts and Todd Hayness Safe. She also received critical acclaim for her performance as Yelena in Louis Malles Vanya on 42nd Street and as Dora Maar in James Ivorys Surviving Picasso. Her additional film credits include The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Benny & Joon, The Fugitive, Nine Months and Assassins. Other honors include the Excellence in Media Award at the 2004 GLAAD Media Awards, the Actor Award at the 2002 Gotham Awards and the Tribute to Independent Vision at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

After earning her B.F.A. from Boston Universitys School for the Performing Arts, Moore starred in a number of off-Broadway productions, including Caryl Churchills Serious Money and Ice Cream/Hot Fudge at the Public Theater. She appeared in Minneapolis in the Guthrie Theaters Hamlet and participated in workshop productions of Strindbergs The Father with Al Pacino and Wendy Wassersteins An American Daughter with Meryl Streep.