Last night I was watching the Golden Globes and going back and forth as I do after a while, making sure to catch some of the most talked about categories; what a great surprise it was to see Julianne Moore walked away with the WIN for Best Actress in Motion Picture, Drama category “Still Alice”!
What an uphill battle Alzheimer’s awareness seems to face. While many do not want to touch the topic, even the book’s author Lisa Genova said when she was shopping her book, she was told no one wants to read about Alzheimer’s, hence why she self-published. Thankfully Genova, Westmoreland, Glatzer, and Sony Classic weren’t afraid to touch Alz. This is a win for Moore and for Alzheimer’s!
One thing the GG’s showed, at least to me, the winners of films and TV shows are ones taking on current topics that were once I dare say taboo to discuss. Topics that many families and people are dealing with in silence. What a night for Alzheimer’s and the LGBT community!
Getting back to the fabulous Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” opens this coming Friday, January 16th. Even if the movie wasn’t about what I’m championing for, I would see it anyway. I am a fan of Moore’s work and any character she portrays she takes on with such a fervor, that even if she didn’t win the award, I’d know she’d knock this role out of the park!
Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Lisa Genova, in Still Alice, Moore plays Dr. Alice Howland, a renowned Columbia University linguistics professor, happily married with three grown children, who starts to forget words and diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. As her condition progresses, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Written and directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, the Sony Picture Classic film costars Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Kristen Stewart. Moore’s performance was already receiving critical raves leading up to her Globes win and there is even Oscar buzz.
Speaking backstage after her win, Moore said she was most inspired by her “Still Alice” character’s push to remain present.
“This is a woman who chooses to inhabit her life no matter what her life is,” the actress said. “Not get ahead of it, not get behind it. But try to be in it. That to me is truly beautiful. That’s really all we have.”
And to those in the trenches now, as Moore’s character says, all you can do is “live in the moment”, “just live in the moment.”
“Still Alice” opens nationwide on Friday, January 16th.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.
To learn more about Lisa Genova visit her website at www.lisagenova.com.
Lets work together to #ENDALZ