Palm Springs Film Fest: Julianne Moore Nabs Top Actress Honor for 'Still Alice'

Still Alice
Courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival

Julianne Moore, who has received rave reviews — and whom I have long regarded as this year's best actress Oscar frontrunner — for her portrayal of a woman afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's drama Still Alice, will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's highest honor for a female actor, the Desert Palm Achievement Award, at the 26th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 3.

That prize for Still Alice will join another on Moore's crowded — but still Oscar-less — shelf: she is also expected to receive the Hollywood Actress Award at the nationally-televised Hollywood Film Awards on Friday.

Previous recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actress) include, in reverse-chronological order, Sandra Bullock (Gravity, 2013), Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 2012), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, 2011), Natalie Portman (Black Swan, 2010), Marion Cotillard (Nine, 2009), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, 2008), Halle Berry (Things We Lost in the Fire, 2007), Kate Winslet (Little Children, 2006), Charlize Theron (North Country, 2005), and Watts (21 Grams, 2003). All but Cotillard and Berry were Oscar-nominated shortly thereafter; Portman won the best actress Oscar.

"Throughout her career, Julianne More has delivered a wide range of extraordinary performances, from such diverse Oscar-nominated films as Boogie Nights and Far from Heaven to this year's Cannes winner for best actress Maps to the Stars," festival chairman Harold Matzner said. "In her latest film Still Alice, she faces one of her most demanding and challenging roles yet as Alice, a woman diagnose with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. Moore delivers another career-defining performance that is sure to captivate audiences and bring attention to this devastating disease."

PSIFF previously announced that The Theory of Everything's lead actor Eddie Redmayne will receive this year's other Desert Palm Achievement Award (one goes to a male and the other to a female).

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