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Moore says Alzheimer's role helps raise awareness

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Image caption The actress attended a special screening of Still Alice in London hosted by the Alzheimer's Society

Julianne Moore has said the most rewarding part of her role in Still Alice has been helping to raise awareness about Alzheimer's.

The actress has already won 17 awards for her role as a linguistics professor who battles with the disease, and is nominated for an Oscar and a Bafta.

She said: "It's been really amazing, I have to say."

The 54-year-old was at a special screening of the film on Thursday hosted by the Alzheimer's Society.

"It's been nice to hear from people that their experience was represented and they felt seen," she told the Press Association.

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Image caption The actress arrived in London from LA early Thursday morning but didn't let jetlag get in way of charity screening

As she attended the event at the Curzon Mayfair in London, she admitted: "That's probably the most rewarding experience that I've had, because I think there's a tremendous amount of shame around the disease and people feel like they're not seen, they feel isolated."

Moore hoped the awards season would encourage more people to see the movie, which is released in the UK on 6 March.

She said: "It brings so much attention to the movie, and this is a movie we all care about, and so it's wonderful because hopefully people will see the film."

The Hunger Games star added: "It's so, so nice to receive these accolades, particularly from your peers.

"There are so many great performances and great films every year, so if people even bother to write down your name, it's really lovely."

Moore is nominated for best actress at the Bafta awards at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden on Sunday night.

She is also considered the frontrunner to win the best actress Oscar in Hollywood on 22 February. The actress has previously been Oscar-nominated four times but has never won.

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