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There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”

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  • What is this movie about?

This movie shows us the life of Stephen Hawking, since he was at college and met his first wife, Jane, through his life fighting against his illness, until the present. The movie is based on the memoirs by Jane Hawking.

  • Why should you watch it?

Who wouldn’t like to watch a movie about a man who was told that he would only live two years but he lived over sixty (and is still alive)? In addition, that man is one of the best scientists of the last century? Well, if you are interested in those things this is your movie.

This movie is really british. The audience is shown his life since he was at college at met his future wife and when we started to show health problems and how these two people survived longer than what the doctors said. This is a story of overcoming whatever comes your one and keep going.

Eddie does an amazing job, which is reflected in all the nominations he is receiving (an Oscar one will come its way too). He really gets into the character and for a moment you forget that he is not the real Stephen Hawking. On the order hand there is Felicity, also a great actress that succeeds in overshadowing Eddie at some points in the movie (also many nominations going her way).

Not a bad picture to spend your afternoon while you discover something new, unless you have read his books, then you can enjoy the awesome performances of the actors.

  • Did you know?

– Stephen Hawking’s said that the film was “broadly true.” He then went on to lend his voice for the final parts of the film.

– In addition to his copyrighted voice, Stephen Hawking also lent the filmmakers his Medal of Freedom medallion and his signed thesis to use as genuine props in the film.

– The screenwriter spent nearly three years convincing Jane Hawking to agree a film adaptation of her book.

– Felicity Jones was the first choice to play Jane Hawking.

– While celebrating Stephen’s PHD, Brian calls Stephen “Doctor Who.” In real life, Harry Llyod was a Doctor Who villain in an episode.

– The soundtrack for this film was recorded at Abbey Road.

– Eddie Redmayne met with Stephen Hawking only once before filming. “In the three hours I spent with him, he said maybe eight sentences,” recalls Redmayne. “I just didn’t feel like I could ask him intimate things.” Therefore, he found other ways to prepare for the role. He lost about 15 pounds and trained for four months with a dancer to learn how to control his body. He met with 40 ALS patients, kept a chart tracking the order in which Hawking’s muscles declined, and stood in front of a mirror for hours on end, contorting his face. Lastly, he remained motionless and hunched over between takes, so much so that a osteopath told him he had altered the alignment of his spine. “I fear I’m a bit of a control freak,” Redmayne admits. “I was obsessive. I’m not sure it was healthy.”

  • Awards so far

– Golden Globes (USA) 2015

Nominated
Golden Globe
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Eddie Redmayne
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Felicity Jones
Best Original Score, Motion Picture
Jóhann Jóhannsson

– BAFTA Awards (UK) 2015

Nominated
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
Nominated
BAFTA Film Award
Best Film
Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne
Best Actress
Felicity Jones
Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Anthony McCarten
Original Music
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Best Make Up/Hair
Jan Sewell
Best Costume Design
Steven Noble
Nominated
David Lean Award for Direction
James Marsh

– Screen Actors Guild Awards (USA) 2015

Nominated
Actor
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Felicity Jones
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Charlie Cox
Felicity Jones
Simon McBurney
Eddie Redmayne
David Thewlis
Emily Watson
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