Best Actor 2014: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

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A photo of Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything (via Just Jared).

Oscar Present?
Role: Stephen Hawking, a famous, important scientist almost entirely paralyzed due to a motor neuron disease

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere

Why? After breaking through with Les Misérables (2012), this would be a great time to get an Oscar nod. The embodiment of Hawkings’s motor neuron disease – if he nails it – will help (like Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot (1989)); the comparisons to A Beautiful Mind (2001) can’t hurt either.

Why not? Redmayne isn’t the only hot up-and-coming actor with buzz – we also have Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Jack O’Connell for Unbroken, David Oyelowo for Selma. And I’ve a gut feeling that this will tank. (Related but probably meaningless in the end: I had a dream that this movie was a critical and commercial bomb – a sign of things to come… or a sign that I think way too much about this mess?)

Ranking: No. 9 as of Aug. 2, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Actor in a Leading Role 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: The Theory of Everything
Best Director 2014: James Marsh for The Theory of Everything
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything

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