The lovely and talented Julianne Moore turned 52 this December 3rd. Born in 1960 as Julie Ann Smith, Moore got her big break after winning a Daytime Emmy Award in 1988 for her performance in the soap opera As the World Turns. In the early 90s, she received several supporting roles in films, including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), Benny and Joon (1993), and most notably in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993).
Her standout performance in Short Cuts earned her a Supporting Actress nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards and led to larger starring roles by the middle-to-end of the decade.
Some of her films in the next few years included Roommates (1995), Nine Months (1995), Assassins (1995), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and Boogie Nights (1997), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actress) playing a vulnerable adult film star. She followed Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights by starring as the feminist artist Maude Lebowski in the Coen brother’s cult classic, The Big Lebowski (1998). And though she would star in Gus Van Sant’s disastrous Pyscho remake (1998), she would bounce back nicely the following year with five films including Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune and Neil Jordan’s The End of the Affair, the former of which she received a Golden Globe nomination, the latter of which she received a Globe and Oscar nomination (Lead Actress). But, in my opinion, the pinnacle of her monstrous year would be her turn in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, for which she received a SAG nom.
Moore started the following decade by taking over the role of Clarice Starling in Hannibal(2001), the same character Jodie Foster had made famous in the Oscar winning film The Silence of the Lambs. She was double-nominated for her two films of 2002, Far From Heaven (Lead) and The Hours (Supporting). Among others, she starred in Freedomland (2006), Children of Men (2006), The Golden Man (2007), Blindness (2008), and A Single Man (2009) to round out the decade. She received her fifth Golden Globe nomination for A Single Man.
In 2010, she starred opposite Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right, which would go on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and Moore received Globe and BAFTA nominations (among a slew of other citations) for her performance. She next starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) and the HBO drama Game Change, in which Moore played the 2008 vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. She received raves for her performance, and wound up winning the Emmy Award for Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie as a result.
Julianne Moore has several projects in the works, and will next be seen in the remake of the horror film, Carrie, this March.
My Circuit 3 for Julianne Moore:
- Magnolia (1999)
- The Big Lebowski (1998)
- Boogie Nights (1997)
What are your three favorite/best Julianne Moore films? You can view her entire filmography here.
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