Julianne Moore, Academy Awards, Winner

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And the very well-deserved Oscar goes to...Julianne Moore

As many predicted, the 54-year-old actress took home the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Alice Howland, a woman battling Alzheimer's disease, in the Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland-directed film Still Alice

Moore defeated a slew of impressive talent, including Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike to win the highly coveted honor, although the red-headed beauty was undoubtedly the one to beat after nabbing both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award earlier this year. 

Last year's best actor winner Matthew McConaughey announced Moore's accolade, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd, and the critically acclaimed star kissed her husband Bart before she took the stage, appearing to fight back tears. 

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Julianne Moore, 2015 Academy Awards Oscars

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"I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that's true, then I would like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me," the A-lister quipped as she clutched her statuette. 

"There is no such thing as best actress, as is evidenced by the performances of my fellow nominees. I am honored to be among you every step of the way," she said. "I am grateful for this and grateful for the opportunity to stand up here and thank the people I love." 

After thanking a number of co-workers, family and friends, Moore went on pay tribute to those struggling with the disease while shedding a light on their personal battles. 

"I'm thrilled to that we were hopefully able to shine a light on Alzheimer's disease," she said. "So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized. And one of the wonderful things about movies is that it makes us feel seen and not alone. People with Alzheimer's deserve to be seen, so we can find a cure." 

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Julianne Moore, Still Alice

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The actress continued, thanking director Richard Glatzer, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to his battle with ALS. 

"And finally, to my husband Bart and our children Cal and Liv, thank you for my life," she concluded. "Thank you for giving me a home. Thank you very much for this." 

Congrats, Moore! 

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