After making a strong debut at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, the swelling of love surrounding James Marsh‘s beautifully inspired The Theory of Everything had stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones shoot to the top of the Oscar charts. During the festival, and from those like myself who got screenings in NYC and LA, it was undeniable that Jones would fair as a true contender in the Best Actress race. The consultants behind the film let me in on knowing that a decision regarding Jones’ placement wouldn’t be made until after Toronto. Well, the day is here (or passed depending on who you ask) and Jones will go up against contenders like Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, and Meryl Streep in Best Actress. The people behind the campaign for the film confirmed the placement.
There’s was no denying the categorization from the first frame of the film as it closely follows both Redmayne and Jones’ characters, even more so the latter towards the middle of the film. Rumors of a possible supporting push got many pundits excited to think that she would run away with the Oscar if placed up against Patricia Arquette and other feasible contenders.
What does the young Felicity Jones place in the race as of today? A true contender to the word. Even with a ground swelling of support that is surrounding overdue actress Julianne Moore and even possibly Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain, this category is notorious for rewarding the hot, young ingénue. They have let veteran actresses like Annette Bening, Glenn Close, and many more go home empty handed in favor of the “it girl” of the moment. See Natalie Portman, Hilary Swank (x2), etc.. What this does is thicken up a once thought very scary and thin Lead Actress race and offer up some nice competition. There’s no telling who will take home the trophy and we still have a handful of contenders we haven’t seen yet like Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Rosamund Pike. More on them shortly.
The Theory of Everything is set to be released on November 7 and will be distributed by Focus Features.
Starring Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (“Man on Wire”).