Eddie Redmayne gave an emotional acceptance speech at the 2015 SAG Awards, dedicating the honor to those living with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The actor won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor. Redmayne won the statue for his performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”
“I would like to dedicate this award, this very wonderful skinny man, to those people around the world living with ALS," Redmayne said. "To those who have lost their lives to this brutal disease. 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, so I am incredibly grateful to them.”
“The Theory of Everything” is based on the true love story of Stephen and Jane Hawking. The film shows Redmayne’s character as he battles ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control the body's movement.
Redmayne’s speech wasn’t all emotional. The actor cracked a joke in thanking the couple on which the biopic was based. Apparently, Redmayne isn't ready to be a real physicist. “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.”
Redmayne picked up the same award at the Hollywood Film Awards and the Golden Globes. Watch his acceptance speech at the 2015 SAG Awards below: