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Julianne Moore wins the Oscar – with role MN woman helped create

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Julianne Moore took the Oscars stage Sunday night to accept her award for best actress.

And a Sartell, Minnesota woman had a huge hand in helping the world-famous actress get there.

Sandy Oltz, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease four years ago when she was 46, was the lead consultant to Moore as she prepared for her lead role in the Sony Pictures movie, “Still Alice,” the St. Cloud Times reported. In the film, Moore plays a college professor experiencing dementia.

The Oscar nominations were announced last month, and WCCO reported at the time that immediately after, Moore made a phone call to Oltz and told her that both of them were being recognized by the nomination.

Oltz also told the station at the time Moore said the two would go to the Oscars together if she got nominated – but Oltz told the Star Tribune recently she would be watching from her home in Sartell. (Though the two do video chat and email frequently, she said.)

"I'm so happy – I'm thrilled actually – that we were able to hopefully shine a light on Alzheimer's disease," Moore said in her acceptance speech Sunday.

Oltz previously shared her story when she was a guest on Katie Couric's talk show last fall. WJON reported the show contacted her because she’s one of 10 people on the National Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Advisory Group.

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