Eddie Redmayne wins best actor Academy Award for portrayal of Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything' | NOLA.com

February 23, 2015 1:49 AM

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Eddie Redmayne has won the 2015 Oscar for best performance by a lead actor, for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in the period biopic "The Theory of Everything." Redmayne's win at Sunday's 87th annual Academy Awards marked the first Oscar win for the 33-year-old English actor on his first nomination.

It also came in one of the more competitive races of this year's Oscars. Although Hollywood's extended 2014-2015 award season saw the emergence of clear favorites in three of the Academy's four acting categories, the lead-actor race was a neck-and-neck, down-to-the-wire race between Redmayne and "Bi...

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