Eddie Redmayne’s moving portrayal of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in Focus Features’ The Theory of Everything earned the British actor the award for "Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)" at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. Focus Features is a Comcast NBCUniversal company.
Based on the memoir Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen, by Jane Hawking, Redmayne, 33, plays a brilliant, young Cambridge student Stephen Hawking, who receives an earth-shattering diagnosis of motor neuron disease at age 21. Redmayne, who was previously nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award, also shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with the cast of Universal Pictures Les Misérables for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture."
The Theory of Everything garnered four total nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press, also winning for "Best Original Score - Motion Picture," awarded to Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson. Felicity Jones was also nominated for "Best Actress" for her role as Jane Hawking. The film was also nominated for "Best Motion Picture (Drama)."
This is the second-straight year a Focus Features film earned a Golden Globes "Best Actor" nod. Dallas Buyers Club's leading men, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, won "Best Actor" and "Best Supporting Actor" and would later win Oscars for their roles.