EDDIE REDMAYNE: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you to the Screen Actors Guild. This has been such an extraordinary year for performances, and to be included in this number, of Michael, Ben, Jake, Steve, but beyond that, to Bradley Cooper, to David Oyelowo, to Bradley Coop— Oh, I’ve said Bradley Cooper. [laughter] To, to, oh, Timothy Spall, what an extraordinary man. It’s a great privilege for me. These are all actors I’ve long admired.
I would like to dedicate this award, this very wonderful skinny man, to those people around the world living with ALS. To those who have lost their lives to this brutal disease… [applause] In preparing to play Stephen, I met many people fighting ALS, and I met their families fighting alongside them. And the courage and the bravery and the spirit, this triumph of spirit that I witnessed, blew my mind. That’s why I’m incredibly grateful to them.
To Stephen and Jane, back in Cambridge, thank you for allowing someone who gave up science when they were 14 years old, to enter your orbit. Thank you for entrusting this wonderful troupe of people on Table 2, with your formidable story.
And thank you for reminding me of the overwhelming power of the will to love, and the will to live every second of your life as fully and as passionately as possible. Thank you. [applause]