Julianne Moore Honored for Alzheimer’s Movie by Palm Springs Film Festival

Moore will receive Desert Palm honor for her performance in “Still Alice”

Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Linda Kallerus, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Julianne Moore will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress at the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, PSIFF organizers announced on Thursday.

Moore, a four-time Oscar nominee whose films include “Boogie Nights,” “Far From Heaven,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Short Cuts,” is considered a strong Best Actress contender this year for her performance as a woman facing early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease in the upcoming Sony Pictures Classics release “Still Alice.”

She also appears as a desperate actress trying to revive her career in David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars.”

Moore will receive her award at PSIFF’s annual fundraising Awards Gala, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The gala is an annual black-tie fundraiser for the festival, with the festival negotiating with studios to secure a number of likely Oscar nominees as honorees.

Past winners of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress include Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway.

Last week, the festival announced that Eddie Redmayne would receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for his performance in “The Theory of Everything.”

Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.