One of the big surprises of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was a film called Still Alice. Not many people I talked to saw it, but those that did were raving about Julianne Moore’s performance as a linguistics professor who begins showing the signs of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The consensus was that if a studio picked up the independent film and set it for release before the year was out, they would have very good odds of landing a Best Actress Oscar for Moore. And that is just what Sony Pictures Classics has done. The studio confirmed today that it will release co-directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel in New York and Los Angeles in December for a one-week awards qualifying run, officially entering Moore into this year’s Best Actress race.
Hit the jump for more on the Best Actress category as it stands now and Moore’s presumed frontrunner status for Still Alice.