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Stephen Hawking Praises Eddie Redmayne for Winning Oscar

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Eddie Redmayne, left, and Stephen Hawking at the EE British Academy Awards in London. (Daniel-Leal Olivas/PA-Photos/Landov)

Monday, 23 Feb 2015 09:12 AM

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking personally congratulated Eddie Redmayne on Monday after he won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of the ailing scientist in "The Theory of Everything."

The 73-year-old professor and author, who suffers from motor neuron disease, took to his Facebook page to praise Redmayne for winning the Academy Award, according to Daily Mail.com.

Hawking wrote, "Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne for winning an ‎Oscar for playing me in 'The Theory of Everything' movie. Well done Eddie, I'm very proud of you. SH."

The British scientist was unable to attend the star-studded ceremony at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater. Anthony McCarten, the film's scriptwriter, said that Hawking "has been told by doctors he is not well enough to fly here."

Before the ceremony, Redmayne said, "He will be missed."

Motor neuron disease is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or, more popularly in the U.S., as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the legendary baseball player who died from it. Most victims die within a few years, but Hawking has survived the illness for more than 50 years.

Redmayne paid tribute to Hawking and his family, as well as to people who suffer from ALS, during his acceptance speech at the awards show.

He said, "This belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family: Stephen, Jane, Jonathan and the Hawking children."

Redmayne and Hawking had previously met at the BAFTA ceremony earlier this month in the U.K., when the British film star took the leading actor award for the same role, Daily Mail.com reported.

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