“Being in any way in that sort of [Oscar] conversation is an extraordinary privilege and beyond anything I ever had dreamed of,” said a humble Eddie Redmayne during his recent Q&A with Gold Derby editor Tom O’Neil.
In “The Theory of Everything,” Redmayne took on the challenging role of Stephen Hawking and spent much of the film unable to move or speak. He gives such a believable performance that our Oscar Experts, Editors and Users give Redmayne 3/1 odds of winning his first Best Actor Oscar, behind only Michael Keaton (“Birdman“) who has leading 23/10 odds. (See Gold Derby’s official Oscar rankings and racetrack odds.)
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“With ALS, the body declines and it starts imprisoning you. But what was extraordinary about Stephen is that as that happened his brain started sort of embarking on new frontiers,” Redmayne adds in the video chat below.
“What was amazing, when you meet him, is that for someone who can move very few muscles, he has the most charismatic and expressive face I’ve ever seen. And his mom and Jane [Hawking] talk about, as a young man, how expressive his eyebrows were and how that helped him when it came to his physical decline. So, in front of a mirror with an iPad and all the documentary footage of Stephen … trying to sort of emulate him.”