Oscars: Julianne Moore wins Best Actress for ‘Still Alice’

As all 29 of our Oscars Experts predicted, Julianne Moore won Best Actress for “Still Alice” on Sunday night. She played the title character, a linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, a role that had already earned her a slew of awards: she won at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, SAG, and BAFTA Awards.

This was Moore’s fifth attempt at Oscar glory. She first contended in 1997 for her supporting role in “Boogie Nights” but lost to Kim Basinger (“L.A. Confidential”). Two years later, she reaped the first of her Best Actress bids for “The End of the Affair” but was edged out by Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”). And in 2002, she contended in both categories — lead for “Far from Heaven” and supporting for “The Hours” — but was defeated by Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”), respectively.

It was no surprise that Moore cashed in her Oscar IOU. She was the overwhelming favorite with 1/10 odds, and in addition to her unanimous support from our Experts, she was also predicted by all seven of our Editors, all of our Top 24 Users, and 91% of our overall Users.

The other four nominees all trailed with 50/1 odds. Two of them were first-time contenders: Rosamund Pike as a missing wife with dark secrets in “Gone Girl,” and Felicity Jones as the devoted wife of physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”

The other two were nominated for the second time after winning their first bids: Reese Witherspoon contended for “Wild” after winning for “Walk the Line” in 2005, and Marion Cotillard was back in the running for “Two Days, One Night” after taking this category for “La Vie en Rose” in 2007.

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