The over and over again Best Actor race has a victor: Eddie Redmayne, who won the Oscar on Sunday night for playing Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”
Redmayne bested Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) for the honor, yet it was Keaton who represented the stiffest rivalry. The veteran on-screen character had won Best Actor at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes (in the Musical or Comedy), while Redmayne had triumphed at the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards, and took home Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama at the Globes.
“I am completely mindful that I am a fortunate, lucky man,” Redmayne said, before communicating a strange blast of feeling. “This fits in with those individuals around the globe fighting ALS. It fits in with one uncommon family [the Hawkings]. […] I will be its caretaker. I make a guarantee to you I will take care of him.”
“The Theory of Everything” tracks Hawking’s life emulating his finding of engine neurone illness, or ALS, in 1963. Redmayne burned through six months planning to assume the part, actually enrolling the assistance of a dance specialist to help him with the physicality of the part.
“His mother and Jane, his wife, portrayed the same extremely expressive eyebrows. So it was a great deal of time before a mirror, fundamentally, with Stephen on my iPad,” Redmayne said in a meeting with HuffPost Entertainment about his methodology. “Stephen, when you meet him, he has no enthusiasm for the illness. He would not like to see a specialist until kingdom come [after his diagnosis]. So I needed to do all the physical stuff in prep, so when it came to shooting, it was simply Felicity [Jones, who plays Hawking’s wife] and I playing around. Since, I trust, its not an anecdote around an illness, its really an eccentric adoration story.”