Eddie Redmayne tipped for awards triumph with The Danish Girl


Actor Eddie Redmayne looks set to be surrounded by an Oscar buzz at the premiere of his latest film in London, as he is tipped to triumph again next awards season.

The British star, 33, won an Academy Award in February for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

His latest role as transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl has created a similar buzz, leading to suggestions he may collect his second Oscar next year.

Elbe was born Einar Wegener and underwent a series of operations in the early 1930s to become a woman.

She has been described by Redmayne as "an icon of the 20th century", and "an extraordinarily courageous and brilliant woman".

Redmayne has already moved to shrug off suggestions he might win the coveted prize again.

Speaking at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year, he said: "As far as I am concerned it has been such a long road to coming out into the world that frankly the fact that people are beginning to see it means everything to us."

Redmayne said he, along with the cast and crew, spent a year speaking to transgender people ahead of the film, and had been struck by their "generosity and their kindness".

The Danish Girl, directed by Tom Hooper and also starring Alicia Wikander and Amber Heard, will premiere in London's Leicester Square tonight, and is due for release in UK cinemas on January 1.

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