Film director Wash Westmoreland’s latest film won top awards at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAS and is a hot favourite for the Oscars.Wash studied Politics and East Asian Studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Fukuoka University in Japan but spent as much time as he could with his parents, Margaret and Michael McManaman here in Majorca.
But, he emigrated to America in 1992, initially living in New York City, then moving to New Orleans and finally to Los Angeles in 1995 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since the late 1990s Wash Westmoreland has worked predominantly with his collaborator and husband Richard Glatzer, writing and directing an eclectic set of independent movies and their latest production, Still Alice is a hot favourite to pick at least one Oscar.
The film, which Wash co wrote and directed from the book of the same name by Lesa Genova, is a drama which stars Julianne Moore in the role of Alice, a Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Alec Baldwin plays her husband John.
Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children Lydia, Anna, and Tom.
The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September last year. Moore’s performance has earned universal acclaim including wins for a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Drama, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA Award and she has also been nominated for an Academy Award, among other nominations and accolades.
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