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Did someone say “Oscar material”? The first trailer for Freeheld has been released. The highly-anticipated film is based on the true story of a lesbian couple, played by Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, and their legal battle for domestic partnership benefits after one of them is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The film also stars Steve Carell as the founder of an LGBT Rights organization, and Michael Shannon as Moore’s co-worker, and is based on a short documentary film of the same name. The film is sure to position Julianne Moore in a pole position for the 2016 Oscars, coming off her first Academy Award win for her role as an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice. Her co-star Ellen Page, came out as gay during the filming of this movie — and talked about her experience to Entertainment Weekly earlier this year. “To be shooting the movie so soon after coming out was some of the most joy I’ve ever felt on a film set, which is a tricky thing to say because we’re telling a story that’s incredibly tragic,” she said. “But the feeling of being out and playing someone who’s gay, and someone whose courage has allowed me to live my life, that feels amazing.”
Read the full story at The Guardian.