Saturday 24 March 2018

Eddie Redmayne tells of 'extraordinary' Oscars ride

Eddie Redmayne and wife Hannah Bagshawe at the nominees lunch (Invision/AP)
Eddie Redmayne and wife Hannah Bagshawe at the nominees lunch (Invision/AP)

British actor Eddie Redmayne has revealed he is trying to enjoy the "extraordinary ride" of his second best actor nod in two years as he joined his fellow Oscar nominees for a celebratory lunch.

Redmayne, who won the Academy Award last year for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, is nominated for his portrayal of transgender artist Lili Elbe.

He joined his fellow nominees - including his co-star Alicia Vikander, who is nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar for playing Elbe's wife Gerda in The Danish Girl - for the annual Oscar luncheon and "class photo" at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

He said: "It's such an extraordinary ride. Last year was like being hit by a bulldozer and it's such a frenzy of emotions that you try to remain open enough to enjoy it and remember it."

Redmayne will attend the Oscar ceremony with his wife Hannah Bagshawe, who is pregnant with their first child, and he said the pair would try to take it easy beforehand.

"You think of it as an evening event but it takes such a long time, I will have a calm day," he said.

"I promise Hannah whenever we come to LA that the sun will be shining, but it rained last year. We will have a gentle day and relax and enjoy it. Last year I was such a frenzy of nerves ."

Asked if he would have a glass of champagne, he replied: "Several."

Redmayne also addressed the controversy over the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations when asked if it was something the chosen actors had discussed.

He said: "We haven't all met together until this occasion but it's on everyone minds and the way it has been handled seems to be a positive step."

Sylvester Stallone, who is nominated for best supporting actor for reprising his role of Rocky Balboa in Creed, revealed he discussed whether he should attend the ceremony with the film's writer-director Ryan Coogler, adding he offered to boycott the event because neither Coogler nor star Michael B Jordan was nominated.

He said: "There is a universal law of existence, you adapt or cease to exist, so adaption is necessary.

"I spoke with Ryan to ask how he wanted to handle this and told him, 'I believe you are responsible for me being here'.

"I said, 'If you want me to go, I'll go. If you don't want me to go, I won't'. He said, 'I want you to go and respect us and stand up for the film'. Because that's the kind of guy he is.

"I do believe things will change and it's a matter of time and all talent will rise to the top but it's a matter of getting a new paradigm, a new way of thinking.

Stallone was last nominated for an Oscar in 1977 for his lead performance in the original Rocky film.

He said: "I never thought I would be able to cross this threshold again. As you get older miracles begin to diminish, I couldn't be more thrilled. My daughters look at me now as an actor rather than a bad golfer. I tell them I used to do this but they won't look at my videos."

The Academy Awards take place on February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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