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Stephen Hawking praises Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything role

2015-02-24 14:45

Los Angeles - Stephen Hawking is "very proud" of Eddie Redmayne's Oscar win.

The physicist took to his Facebook page to congratulate the 33-year-old actor for winning the Best Actor Academy Awards ceremony at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater for his portrayal of the professor in The Theory of Everything.


He 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 (sic)"

The 73-year-old author - who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease - missed out on the star-studded ceremony because he wasn't well enough to fly to LA.

Anthony McCarten - the film's scriptwriter - explained that Hawking, who suffers from motor neurone disease, was not considered fit to fly to the ceremony, saying: ''Stephen has been told by doctors he is not well enough to fly here."

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Speaking before the event, Eddie said: "He'll be missed."

Eddie paid tribute to Stephen and his family as well as others who suffer from ALS during his acceptance speech at the ceremony.

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."


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