A brief history of time in a 4-hour telecast.
I wonder if he can watch movies on that thing. (Getty)
For anyone who didn't watch the Academy Awards last night, Eddie Redmayne took home the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Redmayne studied Hawking closely in preparing for the role and met with him as well, so it must have been an even greater validation when he woke up today to this Facebook post from the man himself.
This must have been a relief for Redmayne. I just know, if I were playing one of the most influential scientists of the last century with a neurodegenerative disease, I would feel the pressure. Luckily, Professor Hawking is known for having a sense of humor and not taking himself too seriously, which is good, because he could definitely figure out how to fling you into a black hole if he wanted to.
And the love fest didn't just go one way. Redmayne gave a special shoutout to the whole Hawking family during his acceptance speech last night, saying:
Thank you. Thank you. I don't think I'm capable of articulating quite how I feel right now. I'm fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This Oscar belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family – Stephen, Jane and the Hawking children. I will be his custodian. I will be at his beck and call. I wait on him hand and foot.
Where have I heard this kind of talk before?
Anyway, it's nice to see two very talented guys showing appreciation for each other, even if one of them is much, much more talented. It would have been nice to see Professor Hawking at the ceremony too, but I'm sure he's got more important things to do. If he was there, I'm sure he would have looked radiant. Just radiating all over the place. Emitting waves and waves of Hawking radiation. That's one of his theories. Check it out.
It should be noted that Professor Hawking has never won a Nobel Prize, so he should get extra points for not being jealous. It also puts the Boyhood snub in perspective.