Nominated in a Brit-heavy category, Eddie Redmayne came out on top at last night’s 2015 Golden Globe awards as he won Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama… pretty much sealing the deal on an Oscar nomination…for his poignant portrayal of English physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.
It what was considered to be the toughest category of the night, Redmayne was nominated alongside fellow British countrymen, Benedict Cumberbatch who gave an equally brilliant performance as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, as well as David Oyelow‘s stirring portrayal as Martin Luther King in Selma. Rounding out the category was Steve Carrell for Foxcatcher and Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler.
But the horse race for Best Actor was always between Cumberbatch and Redmayne both of whom have received the most buzz going into award season and both picking up critics awards and film festival honors along the way. But it was the humble Redmayne who won the voter’s hearts last night. Beginning his acceptance speech with “Oh my god, what an extraordinary thing!” He went on to comment on all the legends in the room that he has long admired and had tried to prevent himself from “fawning” over, and then to Robert Duvall said, “I apologize, Mr. Duvall, I haven’t been entirely successful.”
Redmayne’s portrayal of ALS-sufferer Hawking was truly transforming. Bringing a depth not only to the brilliant mind that is the world’s most famous scientist, but shining the light on the terrible progressive neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig‘s disease.
In his acceptance speech Redmayne acknowledge the contribution of the Hawking family saying, “This was a huge privilege. Stephen, Jane, Jonathan and the Hawking family allowed us into their lives and entrusted us with their story, and getting to spend time with Stephen Hawking, who despite all of the obstacles put in his way has lived passionately and fully and with great humor was one of the great honors of my life.”
Redmayne also thanked his co-star, Felicity Jones, who he called ‘formidable’ and his bride, Hannah Bagshawe, remarking that they had to end their honeymoon in order to travel to LA for the award ceremony but ended with, “I thank the HFPA for giving me and us a night at the end of our honeymoon we will remember.”
Congratulations to Eddie on both his Golden Globe win as well as his new marriage!
If you missed Eddie’s Golden Globe speech, here it is in its entirety:
Next up for the actor is a starring role in Jupiter Ascending. But before that…the SAG Awards and Oscars!
Lady Anglophile…advising Redmayne to have a big shelf at home.