Redmayne expected in Bafta lineup

Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Eddie Redmayne is expected to continue his awards season success and pick up a Bafta nomination today for his performance as Professor Stephen Hawking.

The actor, who is already short-listed for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards for the role, is hot favourite to win even before today’s nominations.

Redmayne has been critically acclaimed for his performance in The Theory of Everything which is based on the memoirs of Hawking’s ex-wife Jane which deals with their relationship, his scientific success and the onset of motor neurone disease which left him severely disabled.

Bookmakers William Hill made him 1-2 to be named best actor, well ahead of his nearest rivals Michael Keaton and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The awards, seen as a dry run for the Oscars, will be handed out on Sunday February 8 at a glittering ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House.

Among the other awards presented on the night is the Rising Star, which recognises the best new talent.

Unbroken actor Jack O’Connell is among those nominated along with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in last year’s period drama Belle as a mixed-race aristocrat, and Margot Robbie, who first found fame playing Donna Freedman in TV soap Neighbours and has gone on to appear in The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Also in the running for the gong, formally known as the EE Rising Star Award, are Miles Teller, who has recently appeared in Whiplash, and his Divergent co-star Shailene Woodley.

The award is the only Bafta decided by a public vote.

Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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