Moore plays Cathy Whitaker, a 1950’s housewife, in this drama written and directed by Todd Haynes. Cathy sees her world implode after finding out her husband Frank is gay. During the turmoil, she befriends Raymond, who, to the shock and disapproval of her friends and neighbors, is black. Co-starring Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, and Viola Davis.
What’s interesting to me is that these movies are such a commentary couched as melodramas. It’s remarkable that Douglas Sirk and Todd Haynes are able to talk about people who are disenfranchised or kind of outside of their community in some way, or feeling the pressures of what it’s like to live in a town in the United States at that time. I mean, that’s what’s so exciting about these, but the content is actually so rich and interesting and humane.
Moore plays Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife in 1950’s suburbia, in this drama directed by Stephen Daldry. Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway is the jumping off point to chronicle a day in the life of three women in three separate decades, all of whom, in one way or another, encounter suicide. Co-starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. Moore comments on what the movie means to her:
Universality. Each character’s life layers on the others’, and in the end, there’s this incredible impact of how universal all the moments—the hours—of our lives are.
Moore plays Audrey Woods, a New York divorce attorney, in this romantic comedy directed by Peter Howitt. Woods is constantly at odds with her main competitor, Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan). He is her opposite in every way, except one -- they both find themselves gradually falling in love. Co-starring Parker Posey and Michael Sheen.
This was the first time that I’d done straight-up romantic comedy. I’ve never come across one, and I never had one that I liked so much before. I really liked this. These very professional people meet each other and kind of gradually fall for each other. It’s about learning how to take responsibility for your personal life.
Moore plays Brenda Martin in this drama directed by Joe Roth. Martin accuses an unidentified black man of hijacking her car and kidnapping her son, leading to intense investigation of a housing project. Unfortunately for Martin, her story begins to unravel under scrutiny. Co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Edie Falco, and Ron Eldard.
In terms of the challenges, you’re always trying to approach everything with a certain kind of empathy and compassion for what’s going on in the story. These people are in very extreme and incredibly realistic places. I mean…you see how isolated people are by poverty, and that’s one of the themes that I think is at work in this movie.
Moore appears on the cover of the March 2010 issue of Blackbook magazine. She talks about her scenes with Amanda Seyfried in Chloe, the dangers of celebrity culture, and explaining her job to her children.
Our parents are our parents, so that’s my connection to my children. My kids have some knowledge about my work, but they’ve never seen any of my movies, not even Jurassic Park. It’s not like I say, Gather around, everyone! It’s time to watch one of mommy’s movies!
Moore appears on the cover of a March 2010 issue of T magazine. She talks about choosing clothing in productions.
People tell stories about themselves with their clothing, their hair, with the way they move and the way they present themselves,” she continued. “I learned that when I was young. I was always on the lookout for clues. And there are a lot of clues in how people dress
Moore plays Jules in this dramedy written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Jules has been with her partner Nic (Annette Bening) since college but between day-to-day responsibilities and two teenagers, things have become a bit stale. Their lives are thrown into upheaval when their son Laser finds the sperm donor who fathered him and his sister Joni. Co-starring Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska.
In my life, and in my children’s lives too, we have friends where there are two dads, or two moms, and from what I witness around me, there are positive role models for gay families everywhere. You know what else is really nice, is if you’re in a same-sex relationship, you can’t have a kid by accident, so these children are planned and loved and wanted, well-educated and well-adjusted – and that’s what you want. That’s what we’re all here for, right?
Moore appears on the cover of the November 2010 issue of Allure magazine. She talks about staying out in the sun, getting older, and plastic surgery.
I don’t believe it makes people look better. I think it just makes them look like they had something done to their face, and I don’t think we find that instinctually appealing.
Moore appears on the cover of the March 2011 issue of In Style magazine. She talks about when she feels sexy and what her 50th birthday meant to her.
One thing a 50th birthday does is say, All right, time is marching. You have these things you’re happy with and proud of. But if there’s something you haven’t done that you’ve been waiting to do, then by all means, don’t want any longer. Do it!
Moore plays Sarah Palin, Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2008 Presidential election, in this drama written for the screen by Danny Strong and directed by Jay Roach. Palin, the Governor of Alaska, is tapped by John McCain’s campaign to join him as his Vice President candidate. Co-starring Woody Harrelson, Sarah Paulson, and Ed Harris.
To play a historical figure is one thing. To play a living historical figure deepens the challenge. But to play a culturally significant, very prominent, living figure, that kind of put it over the top.
Moore is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie at the 64th Emmy Awards for portraying Sarah Palin on Game Change.
I am so thrilled about this nomination. Game Change was one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling projects of my career, and I loved working with everyone on it. So I am especially happy for the nominations of my talented peers Jay, Danny, Woody, Ed and Sarah.
Moore wins the Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards for portraying Sarah Palin in Game Change.
I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down!
Moore appears on the cover of a April 2013 issue of T magazine. She talks about playing in Game Changer, playing in Carrie, and her first on stage appearance.
I sat on the stage and ate a sandwich while Charlie Brown talked about me. I was so scared. I didn’t get any pleasure out of that.
Moore plays Susanna, a rock star, in this drama directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel and adapted for the screen by Nancy Doyne and Carroll Cartwright from the 1897 Henry James novel of the same name. Susanna lives with Beale, an art dealer, but as middle age ennui begins setting in, they separate and spark a tug-of-war over their daughter, Maisie. Co-starring Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgard. Moore speaks on Susanna:
What’s interesting to me about Susanna as a mother, particularly, is how inconsistent she is. You see how much she loves this child, and how much she would like to be able to parent this child — and then her own inability to do it.
Moore appears on the cover of the October 2013 issue of In Style magazine. She talks about her life, being in her 50’s, and parenting.
When your kids are young, they’re always holding your hand. Then suddenly you turn around and it’s not happening anymore. The days are long; but the years are short.
Moore is presented with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in the category of Motion Pictures. Co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Chloe Grace Moretz attend the ceremony in support of Moore.
I never expected this, I really didn’t. I’m thrilled and shocked to be included in this community on the Walk of Fame. And I am even more gratified that my pursuit of the imaginary has led to so much real life for me. So many people here today have been my partners, collaborators, supporters, and friends, and I have gained so much from my relationships with you.
Moore plays Havana Segrand, a fading actress, in this drama directed by David Cronenberg. Havana, bitter and isolated, lives in anger and denial at her legendary movie star mother. Co-starring John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson. On her character:
I wouldn’t say she’s a monster, although it’s true she does behave monstrously at times. She’s one of these creatures that are very common in our industry, in that all of her self-worth and affirmation is projected from outside as opposed to inside. And the longer you live that kind of lifestyle, the more empty you become, until there comes a point when you just implode.
Moore appears on the cover of the August 2014 issue of Beach magazine. She talks about her ideal roles, winning best actress at Cannes, and what nobody knows about her.
How well I can clean! Yesterday I vacuumed all of the spiders out of the furniture on my porch, which was not pleasant, but it had to be done.”
Moore plays President Alma Coin in this sci-fi drama from the book by Suzanne Collins, directed by Francis Lawrence. Initially the leader of District 13, Coin becomes President of Panem after the Capital takeover. Co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Moore speaks of her impression of Alma Coin after reading the books:
…she’s only spoken about from Katniss’s point of view, and Katniss immediately distrusts her in the way that sometimes a younger person will distrust an older person who’s not familiar to them or is in a position of authority.
Swank, Moore, Dern, Arquette, Witherspoon, Adams, and Jones appear on the cover of a November 2014 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. They talk about their bravest moments as an actress and if their children became actors. Witherspoon:
It’s a wonderful business. I feel like I’ve seen the world. I’ve met amazing people. I used to have all these regrets; I didn’t finish college. And about a year ago it was like, “Why would I regret not finishing college?” I’ve had a wonderful life and I’ve been everywhere and I’ve gotten to work with creative people and tell stories. That’s all I ever wanted to do. So if [my kids] wanted to do it, I’d be very encouraging. I do think it’s hard. I would definitely illuminate all the difficulties. But my kids don’t seem to gravitate toward it anyway. So we’ll see.
Moore appears on the cover of the Winter 2014/2015 issue of Glow magazine. She talks about her role model, her nomadic upbringing, and parenting her children.
One of the most important things I tell my children is that content matters. Who you are, what you think, who you are going to become, how you behave, all of those things really add up to being a valuable person. The outside is great, obviously, but it all really does come from within.
Moore plays Alice Howland, a professor of linguistics who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in this drama written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. The film is based upon Lisa Genova’s novel of the same name. Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Par. Sandly Oltz, who had been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at age 47, gave tips from her own life about how to cope with the disease:
[Moore] would just ask questions like, ‘What does it feel like to have Alzheimer’s?’ I would say, ‘Well, it’s like all these words [are here] and you can’t find the right one.’
Moore appears on the cover of a December 2014 issue of Mujer Hoy magazine.
Moore appears on one of seven covers of the February 2015 issue of W magazine.
Moore wins the Oscar for best actress for her portrayal of an Alzheimer’s sufferer in Still Alice.
I’m so happy, I’m thrilled that we were able to shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease. So many people who have this disease feel marginalized. People who have Alzheimer’s disease deserve to be seen so we can find a cure.
Moore appears on the cover of April 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. She talks about her style sense, parenting her children and aging.
The older you get, you have a clearer understanding about what you care about, what you value, and you begin to think laterally and not vertically. Who are these people around me; let me try to experience this. That’s what makes everything more valuable and more interesting.
Moore criticizes releasing films simultaneously in cinemas and to on-demand services.
A movie never looks the same on television…We work very hard as creators in creating a theatrical experience.
Moore also says making independent films has boosted her career.
Working in the indie space has helped my career longevity. All of my successes – including my Oscar – sprung from these teeny tiny movies…The great parts are not going to come to you on a silver platter. You need a commercial profile so that investors will invest in something smaller that I’m in. [But] You can’t make a living doing just indie films. Hollywood isn’t in the business of creating parts for actors. They’re in the business of creating product. It’s about making a package.
The official Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 trailer is released. Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence):
Snow has to die for what he’s done. We all have one enemy. He corrupts everyone and everything! He turns the best of us against each other.
Lionsgate releases the official trailer for Mockingjay Part 2, the final installment of the Hunger Games series.