Julianne Moore’s biggest critic of her role as Sarah Palin in “Game Change,” was Sarah Palin herself. But Moore got in the last dig at last night’s Emmy Awards.
She won the best actress Emmy for a movie or minisreries for her portrayal in the HBO drama about Palin’s selection as John McCain’s vice presidential running mate.
“Wow, I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down,” said Moore during her acceptance speech.
The movie was based on the book by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Moore faced the difficult task of capturing Palin’s character without veering into the “Saturday Night Live” caricature that Tiny Fey made so popular.
Before the show aired, Palin’s former spokeswoman Meg Stapleton called Moore’s depiction of Palin “sick,” because she portrayed the former Alaska governor as a weak person. Right wing commentators also trashed the film.
Palin told Fox News, “I’m not going to go see the movie, neither is the good Sen. John McCain. We’ve discussed this and realized that Hollywood lies are Hollywood lies.”
She called HBO a “pro-leftist, pro-Barack Obama machine” and said the movie was “based on a false narrative.”
Moore not only acted the part, she looked uncannily like Palin. For that she thanked her makeup artists, “who transformed me physically every day for two hours” and her dialect coach “who was so patient with me.”
She said afterward, the movie wasn’t about Palin but about our political process. “In an election year it’s all about how we pick our leaders, which is what made it interesting to do this movie,” she said.
She said she was also remiss for failing to mention two people during her acceptance speech. “I wanted to give a shout out to Tina Fey and Katie Couric, they were really influential in the 2008 election, and I’m sorry I didn’t say anything.”
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