There were lots of big stories coming out of the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations yesterday, but a good portion of them were totally expected. Lots of attention for “Birdman”, “Boyhood”, “Foxcatcher” and “The Imitation Game”? No surprise. Eddie Redmayne nod for playing Stephen Hawking? Check. Reese Witherspoon up for Best Actress in “Wild”? Ditto. Plus, it’s difficult for me to imagine ANYONE garnering more Best Supporting Actor trophies this season, than the incredible J. K. Simmons for “Whiplash”. But perhaps the most important tale was found in the Actress categories.
So, maybe this is finally the beautiful and multi-talented Julianne Moore’s year. And not only for the Golden Globes, but maybe Oscar glory too. And after weeks of lamenting the delay of David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” from premiering in the New York area (it did play briefly at the NYFF in September, and also recently had a week-long qualifying run in L.A.), Moore ends up getting a Best Actress nomination for it, in the Comedy or Musical category. But that’s hardly all. Julianne is also in contention for Best Actress in the much more prestigious Drama category, for her work in “Still Alice”, a film about a doctor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. What a day for Ms. Moore!
And it’s about time. One of the finest motion picture actresses of this generation, Julianne Moore had grabbed 4 Oscar and 6 Golden Globes nominations for her film work since 1997–without one win. This includes performances in works like “Boogie Nights”, “Far from Heaven”, “The End of the Affair” and “The Kids are All Right”. She’s 0 for 10. Moore did manage to grab the Best Actress Golden Globe Award a couple of years back, for her role as Sarah Palin in “Game Change”. But that was in the small screen category of Performance in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Maybe this season she finally grabs The Big One at the age of 54. I, for one, will be rooting hard!