Appearing on NBC’s “Today” Show this morning to promote the film, Stewart and Moore talked about the uplifting aspects of the film.
As Moore’s character, Alice Howland, loses her memories and self worth, she re-establishes her relationship with her estranged daughter, Lydia Howland, played by Stewart.
Alice, a Columbia University linguistics professor, has always been very career driven, but as her life changes, Lydia sees her in a different light.
The movie is partly abut their bonding and partly about a daughter’s devotion to her mother. As the grow together, Lydia becomes her mother’s caretaker. They both learn to take one day at a time.
“Be positive, and live in the now,” Stewart said.
Moore has won raves for her acting and has already scored a Golden Globe nomination. She’s also a strong candidate for an Oscar nomination.
Stewart, who in many ways is still trying to find her self as an actress, was also strongly praised by Michael Barker, co-chief executive of Sony Pictures Classic. He said in October that Stewart’s work in the picture is her best yet.
Barker vowed to campaign for Stewart to receive a “Best Supporting Actress” Oscar and may have inadvertently cursed her. So far, she’s been snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes.
Still, she had a lot to take away from the film.
“I think I found aspects of myself within this part that I hadn’t had a reason to discover,” Stewart said about her role.
“I can stand in something so grotesquely horrendous, and actually see the good in something, and try and see the light, and I didn’t know that I had that,” she said.
“Still Alice” opened in theaters in limited release Dec. 5 to qualify for Oscar consideration; it will be released nationwide, Jan. 16.
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