Julianne Moore admits she was fired and replaced by Melissa McCarthy in Oscar-nominated movie

Julianne Moore reluctantly made a candid admission this week on "Watch What Happens Live," revealing that she was fired from a film that pulled in Oscar nominations this year.

As a caller asked Moore why she'd walked away from her starring role in "Can You Ever Forgive Me," which landed Melissa McCarthy a nomination for Best Actress, Moore's face visibly scrunched up as she cringed at the question.

"I didn't leave that movie," Moore said. "I was fired."

"Were you?!" host Andy Cohen asked incredulously.

"Yeah, yeah," she said. "[Director] Nicole [Holofcener] fired me. So, yeah. That's the truth. I think she didn't like what I was doing."

Moore was booted from the film before it started shooting, she said, with the role ultimately going to McCarthy.

Although Moore hasn't seen the flick -- "It's still kind of painful," she said -- she has nothing but admiration for McCarthy, raving, "I worship her. I think she's fantastic."

Thankfully, Moore still has her own Best Actress statue (from 2015's "Still Alice") to make her feel a little better.

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NEW YORK - JULY 26: AS THE WORLD TURNS cast member Julianne Moore as Frannie Hughes in costume party scene. Image dated July 26, 1985. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 1: AS THE WORLD TURNS cast member: Julianne Moore (as Frannie Hughes). 1985. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Actress Julianne Moore and actor Fred Ward attend the 'Cast a Deadly Spell' West Hollywood Premiere on August 22, 1991 at the DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the Ninth Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards on March 19, 1994 at Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the 10th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards on March 25, 1995 at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the Fourth Annual MTV Movie Awards on June 10, 1995 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the Fourth Annual MTV Movie Awards on June 10, 1995 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Julianne Moore (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Julianne Moore during The 11th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Mark Wahlberg and actress Julianne Moore attend the 'Boogie Nights' Hollywood Premiere on October 15, 1997 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the 'Return to Paradise' Westwood Premiere on August 10, 1998 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends 'The End of the Affair' Century City Premiere on December 2, 1999 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends 'An Ideal Husband' New York City Premiere on June 16, 1999 at the Paris Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the 18th Annual CFDA Awards on June 2, 1999 at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the 72nd Annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on March 13, 2000 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 2001 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Julianne Moore attends 'The Shipping News' New York City Premiere on December 17, 2001 at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Julianne Moore during National Board of Review 2002 Annual Awards Gala at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Julianne Moore wearing Roberto Cavalli during Roberto Cavalli Hosts a Preview Gala for the Metropolitan Museum's 'WILD: Fashion Untamed' - Arrivals at The Great Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage for Roberto Cavalli)
Julianne Moore and daughter Liv Helen during Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and David Duchovny on the Set of Trust the Man - November 22, 2004 at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Julianne Moore during Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and David Duchovny on the Set of Trust the Man - November 22, 2004 at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Julianne Moore with son during Celebrities Attend the New Jersey Nets vs New York Knicks Game - December 26, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Julianne Moore arrives at the 25th Annual Muse Awards held at the Hilton Hotel, New York City BRIAN ZAK. (Photo by Brian ZAK/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 18: Julianne Moore attends THE CINEMA SOCIETY & GQ host a screening of CHILDREN OF MEN at Tribeca Grand Screening Room on December 18, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Actress Julianne Moore attends the celebration for the Release of 'Paris 1962 Schatzberg' at the Yves Saint Laurent store on December 12, 2007 in New York City.(Photo by Steven Henry/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 14: Julianne Moore attends the 12th annual Treatment Action Group's Research in Action awards at Astor Center on December 14, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Julianne Moore attends HUGO BOSS Prize 2008 at Guggenheim Museum on November 13, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by JOE SCHILDHORN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Julianne Moore arrives at the Tenth Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills on January 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Craig Barritt/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4542 -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) -- Pictured: Actress Julianne Moore during a commercial break on October 3, 2013 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Julianne Moore appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 842 -- Pictured: Julianne Moore on May 23, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actress Julieanne Moore arrives at the 68th Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Actress Julianne Moore attends the 2012 WSJ. Magazine 'Innovator Of The Year' Awards at the Museum of Modern Art on October 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: Actress Julianne Moore arrives to the 'Game Change' premiere at The Newseum on March 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Julianne Moore attends the 'Don Jon' New York Premiere at SVA Theater on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore arrives at the HBO After-Party celebrating the 70th Golden Globes. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Julianne Moore, winner of Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Award for Game Change, posing at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - January 13, 2013 Julianne Moore arrives for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Actress Julianne Moore arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Julianne Moore arrives at the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Honoree Julianne Moore attends The Museum of Modern Art's 10th annual Film Benefit, presented by Chanel, on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)
Julianne Moore, left, and George Clooney arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Suburbicon" on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the Chanel Metiers D'Art 2018/19 Show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Julianne Moore attends a special screening of "The Happy Prince", hosted by Sony Pictures Classics and The Cinema Society, at iPic Cinema on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actress Julianne Moore attends a special screening of "Gloria Bell" at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday, March 4, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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