Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor Oscar for ‘The Theory of Everything’

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Everyone knew the Best Actor race was boiling down to Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton, and Bedhead and I made our feelings pretty clear. She was pro-Keaton and I was pro-Redmayne. I thought Keaton gave a good performance in a stupid film and Redmayne gave an amazing performance in a by-the-books bio-pic. Well… I’m SO GLAD Eddie won. I feel sorry for Keaton a little bit, but still. #TeamRedmayne Eddie was so wonderful.

Redmayne was stunned and so sweet with his speech. He said in part: “Thank you… to the Academy…I’m fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. WOW!” He said this Oscar “belongs to every person battling ALS” and Stephen Hawking and Hawking’s family. He thanked Felicity Jones, the director, everyone that worked on the film, his team, his family and his new wife Hannah Bagshawe. Then he ended with this: “We have a new fellow coming to share our apartment!” So… Hannah is pregnant? And he didn’t have to make a big deal about it for his Oscar campaign? Well played, Redmayne. Update: so, wait, he was talking about the Oscar? Or was he talking about a baby? I really don’t know.

Congrats to Eddie!!

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  1. mia girl says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    • mimif says:

      So sorry, my mia girl. I was rooting for the Keaton, too.

    • Kiki04 says:

      I was a bit sad at that too. Love Eddie, but had my heart hoping for Keaton :(

      • MtnRunner says:

        I was torn between the two of them. Happy for Eddie, sad for Keaton. I really thought the academy would give it to the vet. Since the other actor races were pretty predictable, I’m not surprised there was an upset of sorts.

      • icerose says:

        i was a bit torn but if it was not Keating then i am happy with Eddie.
        Mostly i thought I though it was a good spread-but no way should Initiation Game should have won best adapted screen play.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Icerose, I couldn’t believe that TIG got adapted screenplay, with the laughable dialog and the way the characterizations and history were distorted.

    • mia girl says:

      mimif – thanks for the love. I’ve got the sads.

      Redmayne was really good… even if he did channel Austin Powers a bit in the film. I kid, I kid. (sort of)

      I’m just going to suck down a glass of sour grape juice now and make my self good and drunk to mask my hurt for Keaton.

      Keaton was a class act though when he spoke during best picture acceptance.

    • lina says:

      This is the time when we needed kanye.

      MK deserved that oscar!!!
      Im so upset.

    • Tanguerita says:

      my feelings exactly.

    • AG-UK says:

      Boo hoo so wanted Keston but had an awful feeling it would be Eddie. Keaton still looked better in his tux.

  2. Patty says:

    I think the new fellow he was referring to was the Oscar statue, but I could be wrong. Glad he won though.

  3. JDS says:

    I took the new fellow sharing the apartment to be the actual oscar statue, not a pregnancy announcement…

  4. Megan says:

    I thought he was talking about the Oscar coming to share the apartment

  5. Sassback says:

    I was surprised and thrilled! It was very deserving. Critics said that Keaton should get it because he created a character from whole cloth but nobody worked as hard as Redmayne in that film. Keaton played a bitter twisted version of himself very fearlessly but Redmayne was flawless in capturing a larger than life figure, not just in the debilitating movements of illness but the emotion and tragedy and happiness. It was one of the only times I have ever felt the Oscars were given fairly.

  6. LAK says:

    This completely off topic, but he stands like Mr Burns!! Especially in the last picture above.

    Congrats to him.

  7. MeloMelo says:

    I like when he said the new fellow thing they followed it by showing Benedict lol

    But, I was fangirling right next to Eddie when he was called! Im so happy for him!

  8. Valerie says:

    That’s what I thought for a split second too, but then I realized that the “new fellow” was his Oscar.

  9. Alexis says:

    Eddie Redmayne seems like a nice human being, so good for him. I’ll just be the grinch here and point out that Keaton should of won it, but the Academy can’t resist the chance to feel like they crowned the “new hot serious young actor,” actual stronger performances by older stalwarts be darned. It’s Anne Hathaway over Sally Field for best supporting actress all over again.

    • K says:

      Agree, Alexis. Unfortunately, this can totally bite Redmayne in the ass. The reason why a nom can be better than a win for a younger actor is because studios feel they have a future win in them still.

    • M.A.F. says:

      He won a Tony a few years ago. Just putting that out there.

    • Lost account says:

      Actually when it comes to males the academy usually votes for the older guy. Young men rarely win over veterans. The old men of the Academy like young actresses they wish they can have and older actors who are closer to their own age, so more relatable. Look at Oscar history.

    • Cici says:

      Sally Field had already won twice.

      Are there really people out there thinking she deserves three statues?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      The whole thing is meaningless anyway. I don’t watch it or really care who wins, since it has very little to do with performance and more to do with politics and sucking up, according to what I’ve learned on here.

      • Termoli77 says:

        I knew Eddie would win; the academy always goes for the biographical performances (Sean Penn over Mickey Rorke, Adrien Brody over DDLewis).

  10. jujoki says:

    So happy for him!

  11. Kiki04 says:

    You know Bendy is kicking himself right now, when he looks at his oscar campaign compared to Eddie’s. Such similar situations, such different outcomes…….

  12. Tulip says:

    Congrats to Redmayne! A close race, at least, which is nice.

  13. Shego says:

    Well, I called it incorrectly months ago. Good for him. Though, had Gyllenhall even been nominated, he would have had my vote over Keaton. Also, where is my swag bag for paying attention to all this stuff?

  14. OSTONE says:

    I wanted Keaton to win. But well deserved, Redmayne!

  15. Lily says:

    I didn’t think Birdman was a stupid film at all.

  16. Angel says:

    He was referring to the statuette, given how he’d joked that he’d polish it and answer its every beck and call. I couldn’t help grinning at how floored he was, and how exuberant his speech was.

  17. Wallflower says:

    So happy Eddie won it. His speech was adorable. Wish Selma would have won for best picture. Anywho, happy that John Legend and Common won for best song, which I knew they would. On another note, Benedict Cumberbatch clapped, but his loss looked like it hurt. He was all tight in the face after all that campaigning. Funny, Redmayne didn’t campaign nearly as much and beat him out. Lady Gaga was excellent with her sound of music performance. And lastly, I was hoping Kiera Knightly would win in her category, but she lost, so sad. I just want her to be an academy award winner. Finally, I don’t know about anyone else, but I couldn’t stop myself from laughing every time the Grand Budapest Hotel won. It was such a funny and sensational film that even when they showed the actor that played the Lobby boy, I laughed because they did so great in the movie.

  18. PunkyMomma says:

    I was split. Wanted Keaton to win, but Eddie’s performance was flawless.

  19. Talita says:

    It was amazing! I loved his reaction!

  20. kri says:

    A well-deserved win, but I was pulling for Keaton. All of those performances were amazing. Mr. Redmayne is a class act.

  21. Kim1 says:

    Congrats to Eddie
    I feel like an idiot I just learned tonight( at an Oscar party) that he played Angelina and Matt’s son in The Good Shepherd.

  22. ellesbelles says:

    I love his acceptance speeches. He always appears so humble and grateful to be able to do what he loves.

  23. vauvert says:

    I love Michael but was really pulling for Eddie to win, stunning performance and everyone, take notes on a flawless, intense campaign. New crush on Eddie:-) (but willing to console Michael any day. Just sayin’).

  24. minx says:

    He’s adorable.

  25. Penelope says:

    Love Keaton and he was great in Birdman but Eddie deserves his Oscar. And how cute was he in his unbridled enthusiasm at winning?! What a cutie, and a class act–as was Keaton in his remarks when Birdman won best picture! Benny, not so much. He did not look happy at all for his friend, lol

  26. Tig says:

    Was so pulling for Keaton- but I was afraid this would happen after the BAFTAs. And was pretty surprised at Boyhood being shut out as badly as it was.

  27. EN says:

    Luck got nothing to do with it, Eddie, and you know it.
    Meh. I am disappointed, not surprised but disappointed,

    • Penelope says:

      Respectfully disagree–luck had everything to do with it. By all accounts, Best Actor was a very tight race between MK and ER. As great as Eddie’s performance was, a few votes here and there could easily have swung the Oscar to Keaton. They were both wonderful, at any rate. :)

  28. Jayna says:

    I know this was a big letdown for Keaton. I really felt for him.

  29. aqua says:

    Just saw this movie last night and thought Eddie did a fantastic job.It was a well deserved win.

  30. Camille (The Original) says:

    Awesome! Big congrats, he’s a good actor.

  31. InvaderTak says:

    I hope he was talking about the Oscar and didn’t just announce a pregnancy. That would be beyond tacky. But pretty sure that was about the statue.

  32. Veritas says:

    I got 2 out of 3 of my predictions right. I got BA and BP right. BD I got wrong it went to birdman I thought boyhood was going to win that one.

  33. nina says:

    His whole campaign reminds me of Anne Hathaway’s, and yet he didn’t get any backlash like Anne.

    • moi says:

      he was in a movie for longer than 10 min.

      • Luca76 says:

        Anne was insufferable but she had a great performance in that movie and plenty of actors have won Oscars for 10 minute performances ie Judy Dench in Shakespeare In Love.

    • Luca76 says:

      Go to the Oscar sites they hate Redmayne more than Anne there. I have no opinion on him winning because I haven’t seen TOE and I sadly didn’t like Birdman but I think it’s not accurate to say he ran a classy campaign. He isn’t going to get the crap Anne did because he’s not as famous or interesting as Anne or Bennedict.

      • Claire. says:

        What wasn’t classy about it?

      • nina says:

        I admit that he was subtler than Anne, but still annoying to me. And I didn’t find his performance really amazing, Keaton in Birdman is miles above him. But then I usually don’t like biopic, that genre always produces some of the most boring films I have ever seen.

      • mom2two says:

        I am curious as to what Oscar sites are saying about his campaign too??

  34. Kali says:

    It cracked me up that he totally had the “omg” Best Actress speech. So adorable. Am glad he was recognised, it really was a great performance.

  35. MacScore says:

    I’m doing my “told you so, told you so, told you told you told you so!” dance! So thrilled for Eddie. And he’s such a class act, I don’t think he’s peaked too soon with this. He’s got a sterling future ahead of him. (I also really hope that we continue to see more of Keaton… ).

  36. Mrs. Darcy says:

    Honestly I haven’t seen either film yet but love both actors – it would have been nice to see Keaton win but hopefully he will get back in the game now. If Eddie’s wife were pregnant it would explain why she always looks miserable on the red carpet (I get that she’s not famous/is maybe shy but her po face drives me nuts – gah – smile woman, you are married to a gorgeous man!).

  37. Beth says:

    Absolutely chuffed for Eddie. Fantastic performance and deserving winner. I like Keaton but he was too over-the-top in Birdman especially in the screaming scenes, though I also blame the direction and screenplay.

    Best male performance in a leading role to me, however, is Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler. He has a few movies coming out this year and I hope he gets nominated!

  38. EM says:

    I’m glad that an actor like Redmayne won.

  39. Domino says:

    Benedict’s bitchface when he lost was the highlight of my weekend.

  40. Gracie says:

    Congrats, Eddie! Not a fan for Oscar-baity films but very happy for him!

  41. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    I never doubted it would be Eddie and have said so for months. I know folks thought the Academy skews older so Keaton had the edge but I could not stop remembering when Daniel Day Lewis came seemingly out of nowhere to win the Best Actor for My Left Foot. He beat, among others, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks and DUSTIN HOFFMAN FOR RAIN MAN for Gods sake, I feel Eddie and DDL are similar as young actors and I ve been watching Eddie do remarkable work for years.

    Plus Hollywood can’t resist posh British guys, and how bout that adorable HUG with Cate Blanchett!

  42. Diana B says:

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for him!!!! I was jumping and screaming when they announced him as the winner. Sorry for Keaton but I always thought Eddie was better and deserved to win.

  43. A.Key says:

    Meh. I still say the best performance of the year was Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.

    • allheavens says:

      I agree with you. I liked Redmayne’s performance but it was not the best of the year nor was Keaton’s. Jake and Ralph Fiennes being snubbed was shameful.

      When Redmayne took the SAG I knew it was over for Keaton. Really there were no surprises last night.

  44. Kate says:

    Did anyone else see when Eddie’s name was read…he looked at his wife, held her face in his hands, and I swear he said “F-CK!” all excitedly.

    Bless him.

  45. Abby says:

    I gasped because I thought he was talking about his wife being pregnant… but i think he just meant the Oscar. :-)

  46. Laura says:

    I was ecstatic when Eddie won for Best Actor! His performance in “The Theory of Everything” was exceptional; I didn’t feel as though I was watching Eddie, I felt that I was watching Professor Hawking. This film opened my eyes to the remarkable man that is Stephen Hawking. I knew very little about him, his early life or his life with his first wife, Jane. ALS is a terrifying disease but Hawking proved that no matter what happens life can go on, extraordinary achievements can be made and true love can be found!
    Congratulations to Eddie on his Oscar win and for his contribution to bringing the remarkable story of Professor Hawking to the silver screen :)

    • MisJes says:

      @Laura, I wholeheartedly, 100% agree with your sentiments!

      I’m so thrilled he won, I actually jumped off the lounge and whooped when his name was read out – I don’t care what anyone above has said, his absolutely DESERVED this Oscar, so much. He was outstanding in TTOE, and anyone who hasn’t seen it should make sure they do. It’s a masterpiece.

      @Kaiser, I’m pretty sure the “new fellow” he was referring to was his Oscar, it seemed that way to me when I considered the words in context with his whole speech, not just in the isolation of his last sentence.