Eddie Redmayne has vowed to take his best actor Oscar trophy to Cambridge to show Professor Stephen Hawking.
The Theory Of Everything star, whose latest win tops off huge critical acclaim for his portrayal of Hawking, said he is inspired by him.
Speaking backstage after the ceremony in Los Angeles, Eddie said: “For Stephen Hawking, the illness was of little interest to him. He lives forward, passionately.”
On making the movie, he said: “When I watch a film, I believe what I see on screen. We felt a responsibility to tell their story.”
The 33-year-old joked that the best actor win will give him some peace of mind about his future career.
“I’ve always had to fight for jobs. Retaining employment will keep me very happy,” he said.
Robert De Niro claimed it was he who gave the young actor his big break. Eddie starred alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie in the 2006 movie The Good Shepherd.
Congratulations Ed on your Best Actor Oscar, it was I that gave you your big break in The Good Shepherd, we all knew! pic.twitter.com/CyqC4ms5l9
— Robert DeNiro (@TribecaFilmsUSA) February 23, 2015
Emma Watson, Eddie’s co-star in My Week With Marilyn, and the British Film Institute also tweeted their congratulations.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) February 23, 2015
— BFI (@BFI) February 23, 2015