Thursday, 13 December 2018

Put your money on him for best actress

SURELY there can be no safer bet than Eddie Redmayne taking the best actor gong at next February’s

SURELY there can be no safer bet than Eddie Redmayne taking the best actor gong at next February’s Oscars for his performance in The Danish Girl.

It seems as if the gifted 33-year-old has set the bar even higher than his remarkable performance in last year’s The Theory of Everything.

He won the Academy Award for that film in a simply phenomenal portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking.

Redmayne captured Hawking’s youth, vitality, charisma and subsequent transformation with the crippling onset of motor neurone disease — all with breathtaking poise.

The two questions on everyone’s lips afterwards were: how did he achieve this with such realism and where does he go from here?

It seems that Redmayne is fully aware that all eyes are on him and the public are expecting something special.

Far from opting for an unchallenging “star vehicle”, though, The Danish Girl will see the actor transform himself into a woman.

The film is based on the book by David Ebershoff and is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.

Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Alicia Vikander stars alongside Redmayne and may well be in the enviable position of finding herself nominated for either the best actress or best supporting actress Oscar come new year.

The film is directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper, who previously oversaw the excellent The King’s Speech and The Damned United — as well as Les Misérables.

The British film industry, and indeed Hollywood, should be proud that an actor of Redmayne’s calibre doesn’t shy away from difficult and sensitive roles and subject matter.

With this performance one thing is clear — Redmayne is unashamedly an actor’s actor and before The Danish Girl is even released, I’m sure many fans will be excited to see what he turns his hand to next.

The film is showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse from New Year’s Day.

Review: David White

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