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SAG Awards 2015: Julianne Moore wins lead actress for 'Still Alice'

SAG Awards 2015: Julianne Moore wins lead actress for 'Still Alice'
Julianne Moore on the red carpet at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, before she won for lead actress in "Still Alice." (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Julianne Moore won the Screen Actors Guild Award for female actor in a leading film role Sunday for her performance as a professor grappling with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in "Still Alice."

"When I was 17, I decided I wanted to be an actor. It didn't seem possible, because I had never met a real actor," Moore said in her acceptance speech. "I want to say to all you kids in the drama club, you guys are the real actors."

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The Sony Pictures Classics film, written and directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, co-stars Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart. After joking about acting with herself, playing twins in a soap opera early in her career, Moore thanked her "Still Alice" co-stars, noting what she loves most about the work is "being with another actor and feeling that intimacy ... excitement and thrill."

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"That's what keeps me coming back to acting again and again," she said.

This was Moore's 11th SAG nomination and second win, following her 2013 nod for her role as vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change."

The SAG prize comes on the heels of Moore's Golden Globe award this month. Her moving performance has received critical praise, and the SAG Award cements her position as front-runner for an Academy Award.

Moore's competition at the SAG Awards was Reese Witherspoon for her performance as Cheryl Strayed in "Wild," Jennifer Aniston for her performance as chronic pain sufferer Claire Bennett in the independent drama "Cake," Felicity Jones for her performance as Jane Wilde-Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" and Rosamund Pike for her performance as the title character in "Gone Girl."

The 21st SAG Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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