Leonardo DiCaprio 'should win Best Actor Oscar' says Eddie Redmayne
Published 20/02/2016 | 11:36
Leonardo DiCaprio is "definitely going to win and should win" the Oscar for Best Actor next weekend, according to Eddie Redmayne.
"I feel excited just to be invited to the party, frankly," the actor said.
Redmayne, who was born in London, is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Danish Girl. He played Lili Elbe in the film, one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery.
Redmayne, 34, won the award last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
"That was extraordinary," Redmayne said of his first Oscar win, i n an interview with the Telegraph magazine.
This year however, Redmayne wants to see the award go to DiCaprio at the awards ceremony on Sunday February 28.
The actor, who has famously never won an Oscar, is nominated for the sixth time, this time for his role in The Revenant.
DiCaprio faced sub-zero temperatures to play Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who faces a grim battle for survival after being attacked by a bear.
"For me to be considered in the group of nominees, with (Matt) Damon, DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Bryan Cranston... It feels amazing," Redmayne said.
The actor is currently working on JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, a spin-off from the Harry Potter films.
Set 70 years before Harry Potter begins, Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a "magizoologist" who travels the world finding magical creatures.
To prepare for the role, Redmayne spent time at London Zoo and Port Lympne Reserve in Kent, where he met animal handlers.
"Some of them sleep with baby tigers when they're born. What was important for me here was to see how people with such a close relationship with animals communicate with them, because Newt has that," he said.
Shooting for the film requires long days and many 5am finishes at the Leavesden Studios in London.
Redmayne said his wife Hannah Bagshawe, who gave up her job as an art dealer so she could travel with Redmayne, has been "an absolute wonder".
Marrying her at the end of 2014 was "the most wonderful thing I've ever done," he added.