Here’s a fun fact: Julianne Moore has never won an Oscar. Injustice, right? The 54-year-old actress has been nominated four times—Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), and The Hours (2002)—and her filmography is sprawling with award-worthy performances. Most recently, her role in this year’s Still Alice, which hits theaters today, has jumpstarted the Best Actress buzz once again. Understandable, because when it played at this year’s AFI Film Festival, there wasn’t soul in the audience who didn’t bawl while watching Moore playing a linguistics professor whose life unravels as she develops Alzheimer’s. The truth is, Moore can take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion with any old role. For further proof, take a look at all of her films currently streaming on Netflix.
Brian De Palma’s 1976 original take on Stephen King’s batshit crazy coming-of-age novel is a classic, and no one should ever mess with a classic. However, Moore, as Carrie’s ultra-religious mommy dearest, shoulders a film that was doomed from the beginning. Here, she writhes, screams, and psychobabbles to the heavens above like an actress making the best out of a bad situation.
The English Teacher (2013)
The hot-for-teacher trope is at the forefront here as Michael Angarano plays a failed playwright who returns to high school to put on a production under the guidance of his former instructor (Moore). The production crumbles as sexual tension turns their professional relationship into a physical one.
Don Jon (2013)
Moore goes cougar in this rom-com about a sex-addicted Lothario, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, seeking a monogamous relationship. The cast is rounded out by Scarlett Johansson, dolled up as a New Jersey princess, Tony Danza as as the quintessential guido’s dad, and Brie Larson as JGL’s little sis in her easiest role yet—the girl says like, two words.
Moore and the rest of the cast weigh in on how JGL pulled double duty as director and star: