Eddie Redmayne has revealed he is trying to enjoy the “extraordinary ride” of his second best actor nod in two years as he joined his fellow Oscar nominees for a celebratory lunch.
Eddie, who won the Academy Award last year for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, is nominated for his portrayal of transgender artist Lili Elbe.
He joined his fellow nominees – including his co-star Alicia Vikander, who is nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar for playing Elbe’s wife Gerda in The Danish Girl – for the annual Oscar luncheon and “class photo” at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
He said: “It’s such an extraordinary ride. Last year was like being hit by a bulldozer and it’s such a frenzy of emotions that you try to remain open enough to enjoy it and remember it.”
Eddie will attend the Oscar ceremony with his wife Hannah Bagshawe, who is pregnant with their first child, and he said the pair would try to take it easy beforehand.
“You think of it as an evening event but it takes such a long time, I will have a calm day,” he said.
“I promise Hannah whenever we come to LA that the sun will be shining, but it rained last year. We will have a gentle day and relax and enjoy it. Last year I was such a frenzy of nerves .”
Asked if he would have a glass of champagne, he replied: “Several.”