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25 January 26th, 2015 Julianne Moore Wins SAG Award & Recalls Her Soap Roots In Acceptance Speech: “When I Was On As The World Turns …”

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Last night on the 21st Annual SAG Awards, Julianne Moore moved one step closer to winning an Oscar after receiving the biggest acknowledgment from her peers; winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for Female Actor In A Leading Role in a Motion Picture for her star turn in Still Alice!

When Julianne took to the podium to deliver her acceptance speech, the actress who has continually never forgotten her soaps roots and even visited As the World Turns before it went off the air, and when she was a motion picture star, began by addressing the camera and those in attendance by recalling her time on the defunct CBS soap opera and her times playing the plum dual role of Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, that also won her a Daytime Emmy.

Julianne Moore: “When I was on As the World Turns (thunderous applause in audience, to which Julianne continues.) Yeah! I was so excited when they wrote two parts for me:  the classic twin sister role, the good and the evil one, and I couldn’t wait to do it.  I was so excited, and then I realized it’s super boring to act by myself, and what I really loved, and what I really craved, and what was most exciting for me, was being with another actor and feeling that intimacy, and that excitement and that thrill of getting to know somebody in that way.  And, that’s what keeps me coming back to acting, and again, and again, and again.”

Later, at the end of the evening upon presentation of the award to the cast of Birdman for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture, actor Zach Galifianakis riffed off the beginning of Moore’s speech, as each one in the Birdman cast got an opportunity to say a few words.  Galifianakis started with: “When I was on As the World Turns,” and then handed the mic over to actress Amy Ryan, who admitted,” There’s no way to follow that, just thank you so much.”

Now watch Julianne’s SAG Award winning speech after the jump! Then share your thoughts on Moore recalling her time on ATWT,  and paying homage to her acting roots.

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  1. MBmomof3 says:

    Truly a class act. Congratulations Ms. Moore.

    To all you east coast soap fans, stay warm & safe in the pending snowstorm.


  2. Llanviewer717 says:

    I’m so happy she acknowledged her soap opera roots. There is such a wealth of talent within the soap opera community. To all those marvelously talented artists – actors, writers, producers, sets, make-up, wardrobe, lighting, sound, cameras, everyone – thank you.


  3. KansasGuest says:

    She, Nathan Fillion, & Sarah Michelle Gellar are all proud soap alumni. But, if Julianne Moore receives an Academy Award in February, she may become the only actor to win a competitive Daytime Emmy, Primetime Emmy and Academy Award. Go, Julianne!


  4. Stephanie says:

    As an ATWT fan, I was thrilled she mentioned her beginnings. The crowd didn’t seem as pleased, then she trailed off by saying it was boring. As I remember, she worked with a lot of wonderful cast members. From the little I know about the industry, a soap opera is the only place where you learn every facet of the job. I’ll never understand why their peers are so hard on the shows that started it all. They need to realize that the masses don’t always have the opportunity to see Shakespeare in the park, nor want to.


    KansasGuest replied

    She didn’t say acting on a soap was boring. She said she was bored acting opposite *herself* when she was playing the twins/lookalike storyline & much preferred acting with others.


    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    Well, she said it was boring to act . . . with herself, as Frannie/Sabrina, though she was initially thrilled with the twin storyline. I never thought about it, but I suppose I see her point.


  5. Steven says:

    She remembers where she started from! :)

    It was funny when Zach Galifianakis repeated that line!


  6. MH says:

    I appreciate that she’s never afraid to state she was on the cast of ATWT. Ms Moore is a very gifted actress and I wish her the best in the run for the Oscar.


  7. Beth says:

    One of the reasons why I’m such a big fan of Julianne Moore is because she remembers and values her roots in Daytime. When I heard her talk about ATWT and then cheer for the show, I let out a little shout. I love her and love that she respects Daytime for the learning experience it was. I can’t bring myself to see Still Alice because the topic of Alzheimer’s hits close to home, but I hope she wins the Oscar. She’s a great ambassador for Daytime in the world of film and prime time. She’s got a fan for life.


    Jo Saponare replied

    I won’t be able to see Alice either but am another fan for life.


  8. Carlos C. says:

    The fact that she appeared on ATWT, months before the end, for one episode, makes Julianne Moore a class act in my book.


  9. Jo Saponare says:

    I was her ‘security’ in ’86 at a World Turns fan event. Having spent so much one on one with her, I felt if she ever achieved success, she would always remember her roots. Not only has she remembered them, she references them. Brava, to one heck of a lady.


  10. Scott says:

    Great that she holds her beginnings in high esteem.
    Amy Ryan was AMAZING in Gone Baby Gone!!!


  11. Blake says:

    I was watching this live on TV and I got chills when Julianne mentioned ATWT! I’ve never been a viewer of ATWT but I loved it’s sister soap Guiding Light. That was so cool to see Julianne do, she loved ATWT so much that she came back in it’s final week. It’s great to see a famous person acknowledge the soaps they came from. Look who all came from soaps: Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Meg Ryan, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Bacon, etc.

    I loved it when Zack G. (famous for the Hangover movies) said the line about ATWT, that was hilarious. LOVED it!


    KansasGuest replied

    Julia Roberts never appeared on a soap opera. Maybe you’re thinking of Kyra Sedgwick, who was on ANOTHER WORLD.


    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    Or maybe you’re thinking of Eric Roberts, who was also on Another World (in the 1970s).

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Julia’s brother Eric Roberts appeared as the 1st Ted Bancroft on Another World back in the late 70s…that is whom Blake might have meant…i could be wrong but im certain i read somewhere that before she hit it big in movies Julia Roberts audition for the soap ‘Santa Barbara’ but…obviously…didnt get the part!!!

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  13. Michael (not Fairman) says:

    She comes across as very genuine. Now, admittedly—with an excellent actor, it’s hard to tell, right? But she does seem that way.

    Whenever I’ve seen her on talk shows, etc., through the years, she’s always been very positive about her soap opera experience. She acknowledges the far-fetched-ness of some of the storylines (identical cousins, for example) while at the same time saying she admired how well-written and well-produced ATWT was—and she comes off as though she means it. I’ve always appreciated that about her (in contrast to certain other soap alumni who try to distance themselves from their soap days, as though it’s something to be ashamed of to have acted on a soap).


  14. fguinaspy says:

    Thank you Julianne Moore for an ATWT shout out. I had the pleasure to meet JM at the National Book Festival a few years (after ATWT went dark) and I got to thank her for coming back near the end. I love that she acknowledges her roots in daytime.


  15. Rodd says:

    I have always appreciated that she isn’t “ashamed” of her soap roots. How refreshing to find such a talented actor who has the spine to constantly recall their roots. She is total class.


  16. Rebecca1 says:

    Great actress. While it was interesting that she acknowledged…rather than hides…her soap experience, she did seems, probably unintentionally, downplay her role or the significance it played in her career. I wouldn’t say the crows cheered for soaps; seems they laughed at what they thought was either her…but when she changed her tone to a cheer they went sling with it. So many actors came from soaps…Demi Moore, Marisa Tomei, Tommy Lee Jones…


    Rebecca1 replied

    Egads! She did seem…to downplay…crowd not crows…not either, should say “with”…along, not sling.


  17. janet says:

    When I heard she called the producers of ATWT and said she would be willing to come back to the show and say goodbye . She had a fan for life. Some actors think they are too good for soaps, what they don’t realize is. Soap fans are the most loyal fans in the world. They will go see your movies and support your tv shows.forever. be ashamed of your time on a soap, and they will forget you . Miss Moore is a class act. Congratulations to her .Happy she won !


  18. Patrick says:

    I haven’t been this excited for an academy awards …. since Viola Davis lost for “the Help” to meryl overrated streep

    Julianne Moore : YES !
    Patricia Arquette : YES !
    Laura Dern : YES !

    I’ve loved Julianne Moore since ATWT … followed her work forever ! talk about the most celebrated daytime alumni… and a close 2nd would also be an ex-ATWT STAR… also one of my faves… Marisa Tomei… ta-da Oscar got her

    off the cuff…. two of my favorite movies by JM :

    1. Far from Heaven : w/Dennis Quaid…The film tells the story of Cathy Whitaker, a 1950s housewife, living in wealthy suburban Connecticut as she sees her seemingly perfect life begin to fall apart. her husband comes out of the closet

    2. The prize winner of Defiance, Ohio : w/Woody Harrelson…is based on the true story of housewife Evelyn Ryan, who helped support her husband and ten children by winning entries in jingle-writing contests.

    remember when she was nominated in both the supporting and best actress category ? year 2002…

    I LOVE her

    Patricia Arquette is inarguably the sexiest woman alive… yikes… I love everything about her

    Laura Dern …. ADORE her : just to see her nominated … is a HOOT… she’s in the same category as Patricia Arquette…. every since she starred in “the rambling rose” with Robert Duvall

    the weekend is drawing near : plan to watch “boyhood” movie with Patricia Arquette and the superbowl

    c’mon frannie hughes !


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