Actress Julianne Moore plays a 50-year-old woman struck with a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s in the film Still Alice. The film is based on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same title. Alice Howland is a successful psychology professor at Columbia University and a mother of three adult children (Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth). Critics have Moore as a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.
“I didn’t want it to be this general thing, where you just give this mannered performance of someone who has a disease,” Moore said of the film. “People think personalities get obliterated with Alzheimer’s. And I found people’s personalities come through loud and clear.” Still Alice was shot entirely in New York and in just three weeks.