In a night full of emotions, actor Eddie Redmayne picked up best actor BAFTA for his role as physicist Stephen Hawking in Marsh’s biopic The Theory of Everything. The actor dedicated his prize to three families -his professional family, Hawkings family and his own- in one of the best nights of his life.
The British actor was awarded the BAFTA last Sunday for playing young Hawking during his university days when he met his first wife Jane Wilde, and during the first few years of his illness. Redmayne beat Benedict Cumberbatch in the best actor category, who was nominated for his role in The Imitation Game, another biopic in which he portrayed famous mathematician Alan Turing.
Redmayne recalled the worst night of his life three years earlier during the same ceremony, when due to food poisoning he could not present one of the awards. Comparing both nights, he stated that this last Sunday was one of the best nights of his life.
In his acceptance speech, the actor also paid tribute to Hawkings “great strength that comes from the will to live a full and passionate life.” Redmayne thanked the Hawkings with affection for their support and trust, as they were partly responsible for him winning the Bafta in the Best Actor category.
The BAFTAS are usually regarded as the best Oscars indicators. Now there are only a few weeks left until Redmayne can see if this is the case for him.
Cumberbatch, also a nominee in the best leading actor category for the Academy Awards, could very well bring home the Oscar. He seeing his work recognized after having been so close on two other occasions: the Golden Globes and the Baftas.
In the female equivalent award, Julianne Moore’s work in Still Alice was recognized, making her the winner on this special night. The best film award went to Boyhood, a coming-of-age movie that was made over a 12-year-period with the same cast. Such an original idea, and arduous effort was greatly rewarded last Sunday with Richard Linklater winning the best director award and Patricia Arquette the best supporting actress.
The Grand Budapest Hotel received the most film awards on the night, taking home the BAFTAS for costume, production, makeup-and-hair, music, and original screenplay. Wes Anderson’s work also won the Golden Globe for best motion picture earlier this year.
The rising star prize went to youngster, Jack O’Connell, whilst Mike Leigh received the BAFTA fellowship award in recognition of his lifetime contributions to the industry. Even the British Academy itself was ’awarded’ an unofficial recognition of best academy. Lego Movie directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were given the prize for the best animated film last Sunday, a movie that has not been nominated for an Oscars.
The Theory of Everything was one of the biggest winners of the night, taking the award for outstanding British film and best adapted screenplay.
Felicity Jones was nominated for a BAFTA and still has the chance to win an Oscar, whilst Eddie Redmayne has already been recognized as the best actor, picking up the BAFTA in this category.
By Vanessa Pouso
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