Eddie Redmayne's Golden Globes win on Sunday night was hardly a surprise to fans who saw The Theory of Everything. But for many reasons the recognition of his portrayal of Stephen Hawking was still remarkable.
Taking home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, The Theory of Everything star bested a number of amazing performances from the past year, including Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Redmayne's awe-inspiring performance as the ALS-stricken physicist Stephen Hawking mesmerized critics and audiences across the globe. Co-starring fellow Golden Globe nominee Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything tracked Stephen's life as he met and fell in love with his wife Jane, while his illness slowly deteriorated his physical capabilities.
"It is a great privilege to be in this room," said a bow-tie clad Redmayne, "being here amongst this group of actors particularly in this category." The 33-year-old Brit visited those living with ALS, as well as Hawking himself, in preparation for the Golde Globe-winning role. As he said on stage, it was "one of the great honors of my life."
The Best Actor - Drama category of the Golden Globe Awards was dominated by powerhouse performances and eye-popping transformations. Carell proved himself more than a funny man in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, about the mentally deranged billionaire John du Pont, while Cumberbatch’s Nazi codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and Redmayne’s Hawking seemed neck and neck.
Gyllenhaal also impressed with his dramatic weight loss for Nightcrawler, while Oyelowo’s turn as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma was bolstered by the nation’s political climate surrounding the racially motivated deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Cumberbatch and Redmayne have dominated the headlines lately. Not only were the two Brits going head to head in the awards race, both recently took the next step with their significant others. Redmayne recently tied the know with his longtime girlfriend Hannah Bagshawe, both of whom had to put their honeymoon on hold to attend the Globes ceremony. But it was well worth it. Meanwhile, Cumberbatch, 38, got engaged to Sophie Hunter, who also revealed she’s pregnant with baby Cumberbatch.
All five are poised to enter the Best Actor race when the Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 15. However, it seems more than likely that Gyllenhaal will be snubbed and replaced by Michael Keaton, who won Best Actres in the Comedy category at the Globes for his stirring performance in Birdman. Another buzzing role, which was also nominated for a Golden Globe, was Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson is a master of his craft, but M. Gustave is one of his most hilarious and witty characters to date.
Additional Golden Globe snubs Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) and Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) could also earn spots in the Best Actor race. But the likelier candidates seem to be Oyelowo, Redmayne, Cumberbatch, Keaton and Carell. This category is one of the more hotly contended. Committed physical and mental transformations tend to resonate more strongly with Academy voters, and most of the nominees can tote this descriptor.