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Eddie Redmayne has been nominated for his second consecutive best actor Oscar.
He will compete with Leonardo DiCaprio, who received a nod for revenge epic The Revenant, which leads the pack with 12 nominations.
Redmayne secured his nomination for his role as a transgender artist in The Danish Girl and will also compete with Irish actor Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, Matt Damon for The Martian and Bryan Cranston for Trumbo.
Redmayne took home the Academy Award last year for his performance as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.
Eddie Redmayne has been nominated for a BAFTA award for the second year in a row after winning plaudits for his role in The Danish Girl.
Stephen Fry and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw announced the shortlist for the prizes at BAFTA’s headquarters in London.
The British star, who won a BAFTA and Oscar last year for The Theory Of Everything, will face Leonardo DiCaprio in the best actor category.
DiCaprio, who stars in The Revenant, has been nominated for a BAFTA three times but has never won.
The only other actor to win two years in a row is Colin Firth for A Single Man in 2009 and The King’s Speech in 2010.
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) are also named in the best actor category.
The British star is nominated for best actor in a drama for his performance as transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, while DiCaprio received his 11th nod for his gruelling turn as Hugh Glass in revenge saga The Revenant.
The pair, who were also both nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, are widely regarded as the favourites in the category and appear poised to secure Oscar nominations when they are announced next year.
Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, returns to the screen this week with another transformational performance in The Danish Girl. Directed by Tom Hooper, the film tells the story of artist and transgender pioneer Lili Elbe — the first known recipient of gender confirmation surgery — and wife Gerda Wegener (Redmayne and Alicia Vikander).
During a video interview at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, Redmayne, Hooper, and Vikander spoke to EW about what drew them to Lili and Gerda’s story, and how they tried to tell it.
“I read [the script] and it was profoundly moving, and a story about love and what it takes to be authentic, what it takes to be yourself,” Redmayne said. “So I sort of jumped on board, and then I started meeting people from the trans community and people of different generations and hearing their stories. Across the board, every single woman I met said, ‘Ask me anything. There is no question, there is no territory that you can’t [ask]’ in order to educate me as a cisgender person.”
Then, Redmayne said, he “looked at Lili’s story and then some of Gerda’s paintings and began to try and accumulate all that, and find some of her in me.”
Hooper added, “We wanted to capture both the release from anxiety of becoming your true self but also the release into anxiety of going on a transition journey in the 1920s, when there was no support, no predecessor for this kind of journey.”
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Most people who have heard about Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl know that it tells the real-life story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, a painter in 1920s Rotterdam who was the first known recipient of gender confirmation surgery. The film (in theaters Nov. 27) follows roughly a decade in the life of Lili (Eddie Redmayne) as she faces both cultural and medical challenges in her journey toward her true identity.
In this clip depicting one of the film’s sweetest romantic moments, we witness the undeniable chemistry between Lili, known here as Einer, and her painter wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), who’s also a painter.
Amber Heard costars in the film as a coquettish friend of the couple — and in this scene, acts as the instigator of a flirtatious conversation, in which Einer and Gerda describe their first kiss. In an unorthodox gesture for such a tender scene, the characters talk not to each other but about each other. They stand on opposite sides of a table and never touch. But watch the temperature in the room change when Gerda, playfully uttering a line that will come to speak volumes, says, “It was like kissing myself.”
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Eddie Redmayne did his homework for his role as transgender woman Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl.”
“To prepare for this part, I read people’s stories, studied their art, collected their thoughts, met transgender communities in LA,” the 33-year-old Oscar winner told the New York Post. “I immersed myself in their lives and knew every transgender woman I could. I met their partners.”
“Everyone’s generosity in educating me was enormous,” he continued. “Very giving, they’d say, ‘No question I won’t answer in order to explain to you.'”
“This true story took place in 1920. No known predecessor or community then. Nobody could comprehend this,” Redmayne explained. “In the beginning, these ladies said they’d use too much makeup. Their clothes, like for a teenage girl, were too feminine.”
“All knew early they’d been born into some different-gender body and to unravel herself each tried to work out who they were,” he added. “Living as a man, they wore high starched collars, tailored suits, like some scaffolding of masculinity.”
Playing a transgender character must certainly be one of the greater challenges for an actor. After all, it’s an experience to which few of us can entirely relate, while also something that should be portrayed authentically in a performance. Eddie Redmayne faced these very issues after signing on to star in Tom Hooper’s new drama The Danish Girl, but fortunately the Academy Award-winning actor had a great resource in his corner in the form of Lana Wachowski – who helped steer Redmayne into some key research areas.
In promotion of the upcoming Oscar-hopeful film, Eddie Redmayne recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for an extensive interview, and it was during the course of their conversation that they began to talk about Lana Wachowki’s influence. The line of questioning began because the trade noticed that the Matrix co-director was given a “Thank You” credit at the end of The Danish Girl, and Redmayne explained that she pointed him in the direction of some key books that would help him better understand his character. Said the British star,
She pointed me to where to start reading: Jan Morris’ book “Conundrum,” Kate Bornstein’s “Gender Outlaw” and Niels Hoyer’s book about Lili, “Man Into Woman.” I absolutely adore Lana. She’s such a generous human being.
Of course, Eddie Redmayne didn’t just bump into Lana Wachowski on the street and ask her for advice. The actor and director first had the chance to collaborate on the sci-fi action-adventure Jupiter Ascending – which had Redmayne featured as the central villain. It’s not hard to imagine that the two stayed in touch after production on the movie, and clearly that meant good things for The Danish Girl. Based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff, and adapted by Lucinda Coxon, The Danish Girl is inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wedener (Alicia Vikander), and the story follows their relationship as Lili becomes a pioneer for transgender people everywhere. The film has played to critical acclaim at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, and will make its way to theaters here in the United States on November 27th.
Even though it was only a few months ago that Eddie Redmayne took home an Academy Award for his performance in The Theory of Everything, it’s predicted that he will very much be in contention once again in this year’s Best Actor race. We’ll surely be hearing a lot more about it in the coming months – as we get deeper and deeper into Oscar season – so stay tuned not only for updates about the competition as well as our review of The Danish Girl.