In The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British cosmologist stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease, the motor-neurone disease that robbed him of his ability to speak on his own. The film follows Hawking from his academic days at Cambridge, where he met his first wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), through his history-making research that became increasing arduous as he became a prisoner of his own body.
Since the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, Redmayne—best known for the role of the dashing Marius in Les Miserables—has rightfully been one of the frontrunners for this year’s Best Actor. Not only does he fully commit to the demands of playing a man who loses control of his body, but he somehow captures Hawking’s mischievous spark and unspoken joy of life with only the use of a few facial muscles. It’s a mesmerizing performance. It might also be the most tantalizing piece of Oscar bait since Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. READ FULL STORY