Redmayne Oscar nomination expected

Published: Thursday 15th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Eddie Redmayne’s journey from Old Etonian to Hollywood’s newest star will continue this afternoon when the 33-year-old actor is predicted to pick up an Oscar nomination.

The star, a contemporary of the Duke of Cambridge at the historic English private school, has already taken the Golden Globe for his portrayal of pioneering scientist Stephen Hawking.

His performance in The Theory Of Everything has seen him nominated for a Bafta and a Screen Actors Guild Award and he is expected to complete the set with an Academy Award best actor nomination.

He is likely to face competition from fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, critically acclaimed for his role as codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, and Birdman star Michael Keaton.

Other possible contenders include Ralph Fiennes and David Oyewelo for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Selma respectively.

Redmayne’s co-star Felicity Jones could feature in the best actress shortlist, along with Reese Witherspoon for her performance in Wild and former Friends star Jennifer Aniston who has impressed critics with her performance in Cake, but Julianne Moore is hotly tipped to win for Still Alice.

Other British talent that could be recognised includes Keira Knightley, who could get a best supporting actress nod for her role opposite Cumberbatch, and novelist Nick Hornby who wrote the screenplay for Wild.

The nominations are announced this afternoon during a press conference in Beverley Hills with the ceremony to follow on February 22.

Published: Thursday 15th January 2015 by The News Editor

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