Oscars: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Building Momentum, Redmayne Picking Up Steam

theoryofeverything_redmayne_jones_2Focus Features has been coming on strong the past two years with “Dallas Buyers Club” winning three Oscars last year, and now with “The Theory of Everything” picking up substantial momentum going into the holiday break.  With the makeup shortlist dropping yesterday, James Marsh’s film was among the seven remaining films in the running over presumed frontrunners “Into the Woods” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones have been in the top-tier of their categories all season.  With the film coming on strong, following a surprise SAG Ensemble nomination, I wonder if we’re looking at the film as a potential threat to the pathway that seems predestined for “Boyhood,” “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” and “Selma?”  For a film that will heavily benefit from love from the technical branch, “Theory” has a chance to be one of the top two nominated films on Oscar morning.

The movie is very well-liked within the critical community, and is surely loved in various branches within the Academy.  One AMPAS member has said, “I just saw the film last weekend and was completely blown away by it.  I was in tears.”  When asked about the performances the member says “you don’t see many actors do what Eddie does anymore.  I haven’t seen anything like that in a long time.  He was magnificent.”

With Michael Keaton seemingly in front for “Birdman,” Redmayne’s work has picked up a few notices along the way including New York Film Critics Online.  With “Birdman” peaking right about now, if the buzz subsides in the slightest, and/or “Theory” manages 10 nominations (Picture, Director, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, and Original Score) on Oscar morning, I wouldn’t hesitate to predict that Redmayne may be on his way to winning.

Coming up with the film’s buzz is Supporting Actor potential Charlie Cox.  As Jonathan, a friend-turned-helper for the Hawking family, Cox is one of the film’s true highlights.  If BAFTA comes on strong, watch out for a Cox inclusion to pop up among a seemingly locked Supporting Actor lineup.  It also helps that Cox is probably about to become a household name with Netflix’s “Daredevil” scheduled to premiere in 2015.  

Final SAG ballots have gone out to members today with BAFTA nominations scheduled to be announced on January 7.  Final Oscar ballots are due January 8.

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