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Moore: Cannes is the best!

Julianne Moore was thrilled to have the chance to open the Cannes Film Festival this year.

The Still Alice actress had the prestigious honour of opening the 2015 Cannes Film Festival this year, having been unable to attend last year. And despite walking the red carpet at many awards ceremonies in 2015, including the Oscars when she won a Best Actress gong, the 54-year-old confessed that the French event is closest to her heart.

“Believe it or not, I think that Cannes might be my favourite red carpet in the world. There’s something about it that is so lovely,” she told Vanity Fair. “Nobody shouts, ‘What are you wearing?’ Nobody asks you to twirl. You simply walk down the red carpet. And when you are presenting a film here, you’re the last people on the carpet. Everybody [in the cast] links arms, you go up the steps together. There is a real reverence for cinema here and appreciation and it is a nice feeling.”

Julianne has spoken in the past of her dislike for things like the mani-cam, telling Harper’s Bazaar that it was “humiliating”.

However the star did have some nerves ahead of her appearance this year, as she was asked to open the festival in French.

“It was really a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing to do,” she continued. “And to do it in French! I was so nervous. I don’t speak French, so it was a big deal to me.”

Her attendance also gave her chance to receive her Best Actress award from last year for her role in Maps to the Stars.

“Bruce Wagner, who wrote Maps to the Stars, accepted the award on my behalf last year,” she explained. “And he came home with it in his carry-on bag and came to my house with it. It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s the prettiest award, honestly. And so [it] was really just a presentation . . . it was so generous.”

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