Eddie Redmayne’s Oscars Acceptance Speech Honored ALS Patients


Eddie Redmayne took home the Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award last night for his performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” The film, which follows the life of renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he grapples with an ALS diagnosis, was also nominated for Best Picture.

This Oscar belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS,” Redmayne says in his touching acceptance speech below.

Congratulations, Redmayne, and here’s to more awareness surrounding a crippling and devastating disease.

Update: Following the big win, Hawking wrote Redmayne the following congratulations on Facebook.

Watch the trailer to The Theory of Everything here. Check out this post to read more about Oscar-nominated films portraying disability and disease

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