As Julianne Moore so graciously pointed out while accepting the Oscar for Best Actress last night, movies are about more than just glamorous stars and “who” they wore. In Moore’s case, her Academy Award-winning role as a linguistics professor coping with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice helped call attention to an incurable disease that affects more than 5 million Americans.
“I’m so happy, I’m thrilled actually, that we were able to hopefully shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. “So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized, and one of the wonderful things about movies is it makes us feel seen and not alone. And people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen so that we can find a cure.”