Many people agreed that Julianne Moore was a lock for the Best Actress Oscar this year, but as it turns out, her husband knew this way before anyone else did. Moore’s husband, director Bart Freundlich (who has worked on Californication and Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle), was the first person to see a full cut of Still Alice, and after seeing his wife’s performance, he told her she’d sealed the deal. Moore told the story backstage last night:
“…This is the first time I’ve told anybody this, and I’ll tell you guys in this room: He was the first person to see the movie. The first time I saw the cut, he came with me. I’ve told the story about how I heard him crying, and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ We walked out, and he said, ‘You’re going to win an Oscar.’ I was like, ‘Come on!’ I swear to God, that’s what he said to me. I couldn’t believe he said that. That’s how much he supported me from the very, very beginning.”
Freundlich, a contender for the Best Oscar-Winner Husband Oscar if there was one, was the handsome gentleman who escorted Moore to the stage after her win. You might also remember that Moore started her acceptance speech by saying that she read an article which assumed that people who win Oscars might get to live an extra five years, which will work out for her because, as she mentioned, “My husband is younger than me.”
This was Moore’s fifth Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category and her first win. Moore has clearly been reliable when it comes to delivering rich, personal performances, but maybe there’s something to be said for achieving victory for a role that told a woman’s post-ingenue story.
Source: Entertainment Weekly