Redmayne on the Oscars red carpet

Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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A “relatively chilled” Eddie Redmayne has set foot on the red carpet ahead of tonight’s Oscars.

The star, firm favourite to carry off the leading actor Oscar for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, said it was an “extraordinary” night.

Recalling his last appearance at the event, where he had to sing with the rest of the Les Miserables cast, he said: “Tonight feels relatively chilled in comparison.”

He was also one of the few stars pleased with the very un-LA weather, saying the rain felt “beautifully British”.

His co-star Felicity Jones was also posing for pictures on the carpet in a dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Patricia Arquette, widely regarded as a favourite to be named best supporting actress for her role in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, posed for pictures and told reporters the epic film was the work of a man who “really wanted to honour his mom”.

The statuettes will be handed out in the early hours of this morning – UK time – in a ceremony at The Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, hosted by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris.

Redmayne’s awards season success will hit even greater heights if he carries off the best actor gong for his portrayal of Professor Hawking.

The actor, whose mantelpiece is already laden down with a Bafta, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild award, is favourite to win.

He is up against another Brit – and another portrayal of a pioneering scientist – in the shape of Benedict Cumberbatch, who was nominated for his performance as codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Also in the running are Steve Carell, nominated for Foxcatcher, American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper and Birdman’s Michael Keaton.

Jones and Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike are both nominated for the best actress gong.

Jones, who got her big break in Radio 4’s rural soap The Archers, played Professor Hawking’s first wife Jane whose memoir of life with him inspired the film.

They face competition from Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard.

Keira Knightley, who stars alongside Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, is nominated for the best supporting actress award alongside Oscars veteran Meryl Streep – who is shortlisted for a 19th time.

The other nominees are Arquette, Laura Dern and Emma Stone.

The nominees for best supporting actor are Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo and JK Simmons.

Both The Theory Of Everything and The Imitation Game are in contention to be named best film along with American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma and Whiplash.

Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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