Backstage Interview Transcript: Actress in a Leading Role

CATEGORY: Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
SPEECH BY: Julianne Moore


Q.    Congratulations. 

A.    Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you.


Q.    I just want to say that you are the most patient actress in town.  Five times nominated and you finally won it.  And I want to know, do you think they played a role in the way in that you won this for a film that meant so much to you?

A.    Oh, I don't know.  You know, I mean, I believe in ‑‑ I believe in hard work, actually, you know.  And I think ‑‑ and I like stories about ‑‑ mostly I like stories about people.  I like stories about real people and real relationships and real families, and that's what I respond to.  And this movie had all of those things in it.  It was about a, you know, it's about a real issue and relationships and who we love and what we value.  And so that's important to me too.  But I mean, I think just, at the end of the day, it's the work.  You know, it's being able to do work that I love that's been so rewarding.  And this is just amazing.


Q.    Congratulations. 

A.    Thank you.


Q.    It's obviously been a long road to get here today through the production, the filming in one season.  How has your husband supported you through all this?

A.    My husband has been amazing.  He has supported me ‑‑ now, he's also the person who walked me up the steps.  I don't know if anyone saw that.  But this is the first time I've told anybody this, and I'll tell you guys in this room.  He was the first person to see the movie.  The first time I saw the cut, he came with me.  And I told the story about how I heard him crying, and I was like, What's going on?  When we walked out of there, he said, You're going to win an Oscar.  And I was like, Come on.  I swear to God, that's what he said to me.  And I just couldn't believe he said that.  But anyway, that's how much he supported me from the very, very beginning.


Q.    How are you doing?  My question is ‑‑ I was there in Cannes when you won for MAPS TO THE STARS.

A.    Right, yeah.

Q.    Now you're winning for another movie. 

A.    It's been a lucky year.

Q.    Yeah.  Right.  So could you compare both? 

A.    I mean, I can only compare them.  They're both fantastic movies with great parts.  You know, I was so lucky to get these great parts, and so close together.  I didn't really think much about it except that I was fortunate to get to kind of explore these really interesting characters.  But I never imagined this.  I certainly never imagined that I would win Cannes in the spring and then kind of follow it up with an Oscar for another film.  So that's just ‑‑ it's beyond ‑‑ I keep saying this to my publicist who is over there.  I'm like, Is this happening?  Can this be happening?  It's pretty crazy.


Q.    Do you get to keep them together?

A.    They're all in my office.  In the same, you know, really boring room.  Yeah, they're all together in there.


Q.    We're very eager to see more films that are adult drama, serious films.  And I'm wondering, films like yours, BIRDMAN, do you think that will have some sort of impact in an industry that is driven by these, you know, huge special effects, that whole type of movies?   

A.    I hope it does.  I think there's an audience for movies like this.  I go to the movies because, like I said, I like to see complicated, interesting stories about people and relationships, you know.  So I think whenever there's success with films like this, then they kind of ‑‑ even people think about them more.  I don't know.  You know, you never know.  You know, at the end of the day, Hollywood is also a business, so I think it depends on how many people buy tickets.






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