Has anyone ever been as pleased to win an Oscar as Eddie Redmayne? The 33-year-old actor, who won the award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," tearfully and joyfully accepted the statue Sunday night (Feb. 22) while promising to act as "custodian" of the award.
"I don't think I'm capable of articulating quite how I feel right now, but please know this: I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man," he began.
Redmayne got emotional, starting and stopping with a "wow." He dedicated the award to those who suffer from ALS, the neurodegenerative disease that Hawking, the astrophysicist on whose life "Theory" is based, suffers from.
"This Oscar, this belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS," he said. "It belongs to one exceptional family, Stephen, Jane, Jonathan and the Hawking children, and I will be its custodian and I promise you I will look after him, I will polish him, I will answer his beck and call, I will wait on him hand and foot."
Of course, Redmayne also demonstrated his not-insignificant happy-dance skills, clutching the statue, which he referred to as a "new fella" coming to share his apartment with him and his wife. Better make room!