Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Filmography: Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore is one of her generation's greatest actresses. Time and again she blasts onscreen and shocks the world with her talent and presence.

Moore got her start in small film roles and on daytime television, but soon was taking cinema by storm in a number of critically-acclaimed films that have so far earned her four Academy Award nominations.

She's starred in comedies, dramas, period romances, cult favorites, and thrillers. This season she'll likely find herself in the thick of awards season once more for her supporting turn in Tom Ford's A Single Man, which debuted in Venice and is already drawing raves.

1988 sLaughtrhouse II (Julie)
1990 Tales from the Dark Side: The Movie (Susan)
1991 Cast a Deadly Spell (Connie Stone)
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (Marlene Craven), The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (Elinor)
1993 Body of Evidence (Sharon Dulaney), Benny & Joon (Ruthie), The Fugitive (Dr. Anne Eastman), Short Cuts (Marian Wyman)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Moore got her first role in a prestigious ensemble movie in Robert Altman's The Player. The film took home the Golden Lion and the Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble Cast at the Venice Film Festival, and was a great primer for her subsequent work with Paul Thomas Anderson, a brilliant ensemble director who takes more than a few cues from Altman.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1994 Vanya on 42nd Street (Yelena)
1995 Roommates (Beth Holzcek), Safe (Carol White), Nine Months (Rebecca Taylor), Assassins (Electra)
1996 Surviving Picasso (Dora Maar)
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Dr. Sarah Harding), The Myth of Fingerprints (Mia), Boogie Nights (Amber Waves)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In her best role yet, Moore was Amber Waves, the matriarch in a close circle of porn stars that have formed a sort of family in Paul Thomas Anderson's exuberant Hollywood epic. It's a sad and tender performance that easily places as the one of the greatest of the 90s. Plus there's the automatic comedy gold that is a great actress acting like a bad actress. Julianne nails every moment on screen and landed her first Oscar nomination for a beautiful yet alarming performance.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1998 The Big Lebowski (Maude Lebowski), Psycho (Lila Crane)
1999 Cookie's Fortune (Cora Duvall), An Ideal Husband (Mrs. Laura Cheveley), A Map of the World (Theresa Collins), The End of the Affair (Sarah Miles), Magnolia (Linda Partridge)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Julianne landed her second Oscar nomination for The End of the Affair, a romantic drama set in war-torn England. It's a mediocre and rather dull movie but it's elevated by solid lead performances from Ralph Fiennes and Moore, who speaks in an impressive and convincing British accent and fits right in with the top-notch English cast.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2000 The Ladies Man (Audrey)
2001 Hannibal (Agent Clarice Starling), Evolution (Dr. Allison Reed), The Shipping News (Wavey Prowse)
2002 Far from Heaven (Cathy Whitaker), The Hours (Laura Brown)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Julianne Moore had a great year in 2002, becoming the ninth person to be nominated for two Academy Awards in one year. First in Far from Heaven, as a 50s Connecticut housewife who discovers her husband is gay and falls in love with her black gardener. It's designed, filmed, and acted like a 50s movie, but is more brazen in its themes and attitude. Moore's performance is pure poetry, conveying feelings too forbidden to be expressed and bringing the soul of old Hollywood back to life. In The Hours, she again played a dissatisfied housewife, this time reading and relating to Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2004 Marie and Bruce (Marie), Laws of Attraction (Audrey Woods), The Forgotten (Telly Paretta)
2005 The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (Evelyn Ryan)
2006 Freedomland (Brenda Martin), Trust the Man (Rebecca), Children of Men (Julian)
2007 Next (Callie Ferris), I'm Not There (Alice)
2008 Savage Grace (Barbara Daly Baekeland), Blindness (Doctor's Wife)
2009 Shelter (Cara), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (Kat), A Single Man (Charlotte)


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