Oscars 2015: Eddie Redmayne wins best actor

The British star has taken home the presitgious prize for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything

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Eddie Redmayne has won best actor at the 87th annual Academy Awards. 

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The 33-year-old British star picked up the prestigious prize for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

He beat off competition from The Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch, American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper, Foxcatcher’s Steve Carrell and Birdman star Micheal Keaton. 

Picking up his golden statuette, Redmayne said: “Oh my god. Thank you. Thank you to the Academy. I don’t think I’m capable of articulating how I feel. But I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man.”

“This Oscar, this belongs to every person around the world battling ALS, and one exceptional family Stephen, Jane, Jonathan and the Hawking children. I will be his custodian. I will look after him, polish him, answer his beck and call and wait on him on hand and foot.”

“We have a new fellow coming to share our apartment!” he said to his new wife Hannah.

Redmayne has dominated at this year’s awards season, picking up the best actor awards at the Bafta Film Awards and Golden Globes earlier this year. 

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Directed by James Marsh, The Theory of Everything told the story of Stephen Hawking’s diagnosis, illness and life with first wife Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones).