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'Theory of Everything' – Stephen Hawking Biopic – Award Bound?

By    |   Monday, 10 Nov 2014 12:39 PM

"The Theory of Everything," the biopic of Stephen Hawking with Eddie Redmayne portraying the British physicist stricken by ALS, could be in the running for some major awards in the spring, say critics.

Portrayals of real-life charismatic male characters – like by Matthew McConaughey in last year's "Dallas Buyers Club," Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln," Colin Firth in "The King's Speech," and Sean Penn in "Milk" –  tend to be a favorite among Oscar voters, and Redmayne puts together a performance that would put him into that category, wrote Richard Corliss of Time magazine.



"Redmayne, himself a Cambridge grad, transcends the eerie physical impersonation; he splendidly reveals both Stephen's grand resolve and his peculiar blind spots," Corliss wrote.

Reviewer Marshall Fine wrote for the Huffington Post that writer Anthony McCarten was able to give the audience the right balance of Hawking's scientific genius with his private life as he battled the crippling effects of ALS with wife Jane, played by Felicity Jones.

"While writer Anthony McCarten tries to blend comprehensible discussions of Hawking's notion of a unified theory with realistic drama about his personal life, director James Marsh is making a triumph-over-adversity film that occasionally indulges in a little 'what-if' for good measure," Fine wrote.

"Hawking is the kind of role Oscar inevitably notices: Redmayne spends almost half the film acting with only his eyes. Jones, meanwhile, gets to act out the soap opera of a woman torn between her afflicted husband and his good-looking best friend (Charlie Cox)," Fine added on his blog HollywoodandFine.com.

While Corliss compared Redmayne's performance to Lewis's Abraham Lincoln, The Guardian's Catherine Shoard is comparing it to another one of the Lewis' portrayals.

"It stands or falls, of course, on its central performance, but Redmayne towers: this is an astonishing, genuinely visceral performance which bears comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis in 'My Left Foot,'" Shoard wrote.

"His Hawking starts askew – the glasses, maybe the shoulders a touch – and over the course of two hours contorts and buckles into a figure at once instantly familiar and fresh. This is more than just skillful impersonation – its inhabitation. To look on as his face and body distort is to feel, yourself, discomforted, even queasy," Shoard added.

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