Wednesday 21 March 2018

'I'm very proud of you' - Stephen Hawking responds to Eddie Redmayne winning Best Actor Oscar for The Theory Of Everything

Felicity Jones, Professor Stephen Hawking and Eddie Redmayne attend the UK Premiere of
Felicity Jones, Professor Stephen Hawking and Eddie Redmayne attend the UK Premiere of "The Theory Of Everything"
This image released by Focus Features shows Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in a scene from "The Theory of Everything." Redmayne was nominated for an Oscar Award for best actor for his role in the film. The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place tonight (AP Photo/Focus Features, Liam Daniel)
Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking (right) and Jane Wilde Hawking (left) and unidentified guests attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Theory of Everything

Jenn Selby

Stephen Hawking has expressed his delight at Eddie Redmayne scoring the Best Actor Academy Award.

“Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne for winning an ‪Oscar‬ for playing me in The Theory of Everything Movie,” Hawking posted on Facebook. “Well done Eddie, I’m very proud of you.”

In his acceptance speech, Redmayne dedicated the award to all those, like Hawking, living with Motor Neurone Disease.

“I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man,” he said.

“This Oscar belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family. I will be its custodian and I will promise you I will look after him.”

The Theory of Everything follows a young Hawking and his struggle with the degenerative condition. It also focuses heavily on his relationship with ex-wife Jane Wilde, played by Felicity Jones.

Hawking had previously said that Redmayne’s portrayal of him was so realistic that he mistook the actor for himself.

“I thought Eddie Redmayne portrayed me very well,” the physicist, who admitted he shed a tear when he first saw the film, said.

“At times I thought he was me. I think Eddie’s commitment will have a big emotional impact.”

Redmayne beat competition from The Imitation Game's Benedict Cumberbatch, American Sniper's Bradley Cooper and Foxcatcher's Steve Carell to win the prize.

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