ALS at the Oscars

Best actor was Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of physicist and person with ALS Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. I saw the movie twice and cried a river both times. First was at an ALSA screening in DC. Second was with family in Santa Fe. The movie focused on how life and love relationships and work go on despite this crushing disease.

Julianne Moore won Best actress for Still Alice. The character suffers from Alzheimer’s. Co-director Richard Glatzer has ALS and watched the ceremony from a hospital room, with respiratory complications. http://wp.me/p3lGN4-7v

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Here’s an article about writer director team  Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland who filmed Still Alice, about Alzheimer’s, after Glatzer’s diagnosis with ALS. He types on an iPad with his foot and uses synthetic voices to communicate.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/movies/the-makers-of-still-alice-have-their-own-story-of-illness.html?referrer=&_r=1

UPDATE. Glatzer watched their Oscar win from a hospital, with respiratory complications.