Eddie Redmayne talks Oscar nomination, texting Benedict Cumberbatch

January 15, 2015 5:02 PM

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How did Eddie Redmayne discover he had received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything? “I’m currently staying in a hotel in Los Angeles and I was fast asleep,” says the Brit. “There was suddenly a rap on the door, I stumbled out of bed in my towel, and opened the door, and my manager was standing there brandishing a telephone, screaming down the phone. So I was hoping that was a good thing.”

Redmayne’s competition in the category includes his friend Benedict Cumberbatch, who is nominated for portraying Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. (Cumberbatch also played Hawking once, in the 2004 BBC film Hawking.)

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