Julianne Moore attended the 87th annual Academy Awards yesterday evening, to scoop the Oscar for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role’ for her moving portrayal of a woman with early-onset dementia in the film Still Alice. The 54-year-old actress has already won 19 awards for her performance, including the BAFTA for Best Actress.
Based on a book of the same title, Still Alice tells the story of Alice Howland, a professor at Columbia University who develops a rare form of familial Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 50. The film explores the implications of the disease which, in Alice’s case, has a genetic cause and carries the risk of being passed down to her children.
At the UK Charity Premiere earlier this month (Thursday 5 February), hosted on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society, Moore met people living with dementia, a full-time carer and an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Worker – a professional who helps people come to terms with their diagnosis.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘I’m delighted Julianne Moore has been honoured with her first Oscar for her exceptional portrayal of a person with early-onset dementia. Still Alice is a landmark film in raising awareness of the day to day realities of dementia and tackling the stigma that is often associated with the condition. The number of awards she has received is testament to her powerful and honest portrayal and will help increase understanding of dementia across the world.’