Julianne Moore is one of the greatest actresses never to have won an Oscar, even though she's been nominated four times and has a mantle full of SAG statuettes, Emmys, Golden Globes and critics' group awards.

Julianne Moore appears opposite Mia Wasikowska in 'Maps To The Stars'
Julianne Moore appears opposite Mia Wasikowska in 'Maps To The Stars'

But that could change this year with her Cannes-winning performance in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, a viciously astute attack on the myth of the Hollywood dream. Even the critics who hated the film were mesmerised by Moore's performance as a middle-aged actress desperately clinging to her fame.

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Oddly, after a strong build-up of buzz surrounding the film, the American distributor has opted for a 2015 release, which would make Moore ineligible for this year's Academy Awards, even though she would still qualify for the Baftas, SAGs and Golden Globes.

More: Read our review for 'Maps to the Stars'

If the film does qualify, this could be a repeat of Moore's double Oscar nominations in 2003 (Best Actress for Far From Heaven and Supporting Actress for The Hours - frankly, she should have won both). If this happens, she would up for supporting for Maps to the Stars and lead actress for Still Alice, in which she plays a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. A hit at this month's Toronto Film Festival, plans are afoot to make sure that Still Alice is released to be eligible for the Oscars. If she indeed wins one next February, this will leave Glenn Close, Annette Bening and Viola Davis as the finest actresses who are long overdue.