To date we've seen the great Julianne Moore receive two Oscar nominations for playing 50s housewives. In Far From Heaven(for which she should have won her second or third Oscar followingSafe and Boogie Nights) she played Cathy Whitaker, trapped in social mores of the time into an unhappy marriage. It was a rather astounding recreation of Sirkian melodrama and up to the minute political resonance . In The Hours she essayed a certain bookwormish Laura Brown trapped in social mores of her time within a loveless marriage.
Next up is The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio in which she portrayed another 50s housewife in an unhappy marriage. Actually the trailerto this film leads us to believe that the third time may be the charm. What I mean is.... maybe there's a connection between marital portrayal and Oscar love. We all know that the Oscar loves longsuffering but eternally devoted spouses as evidenced by many Oscar wins and nominations. So, maybe if her onscreen marriage actually survives the film's duration than Oscar may read it as a happy ending and bestow her the Oscar as well? We shall see. Early press on this movie portrayed it as more of a comedy than the trailer suggests. But my hopes are now higher. I'm guarded still, though, considering I had trouble with the preciousness of Normal, the last effort from Prize Winner's writer/director Jane Anderson.
Next up Julianne will be leaving the 50s (Hooray). The eternally busy actress has five more films lined up. In two of them (Next, The Children of Menshe plays maternal figures in the future. Watch out Oscar, she's doubling again! two more are potentially searing dramas (Freedomland, Savage Grace) and she will make her third appearance in a Todd Haynes film as well for good measure.