Stephen Hawking is a physicist, cosmologist, ALS survivor, author, all-around genius and, it turns out, savvy award season participant. Hawking took to Facebook to praise “The Theory of Everything,” the movie about his life starring Eddie Redmayne whose performance Hawking admires:
I thought Eddie Redmayne portrayed me very well in “The Theory of Everything.” He spent time with ALS sufferers so he could be authentic. At times, I thought he was me.
Seeing the film has given me the opportunity to reflect on my life. Although I’m severely disabled, I have been successful in my scientific work. I travel widely and have been to Antarctica and Easter Island, down in a submarine and up on a zero gravity flight. One day I hope to go into space.
I’ve been privileged to gain some understanding of the way the universe operates through my work. But it would be an empty universe indeed without the people that I love. -SH
Also, check out a behind-the-scenes featurette on the Oscar contender, now in theaters: