Julianne Moore claimed the Best Actress Oscar on Sunday for her portrayal of Alice Howland, a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, in Still Alice. The award was officially announced tonight, but her husband predicted the win months ago.
“My husband has been amazing,” Moore said backstage. “He’s also the person who walked me up the steps. 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.”
Moore has five nominations under her belt—three for Best Actress and two for Best Supporting Actress—but this is her first win. When asked if fate could have played a role in her finally claiming that coveted little, gold man named Oscar, Moore resisted, pointing to hard work instead.
“I believe in hard work, actually,” Moore reasoned. “I like stories, mostly I like stories about people. I like stories about real people, real relationships, and real families. That’s what I respond to. This movie had all of those things in it. It’s about a real issue and relationships and what we value—that’s important to me too. At the end of the day, it’s the work, being able to do work that I love, work that’s rewarding. This is just amazing.”
[This post has been updated to reflect that Moore has been nominated in the Best Actress category three times, and in the Best Supporting Actress category twice.]