The English actor has picked up a Bafta, Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild award for his turn as famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, but just as his credibility was rocketing skywards, he morphed into camp villain Balem Abrasax and has everyone grimacing.
Redmayne is “clammy unctuousness personified” alongside Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in the Wachowskis’ kitsch thriller, which our film critic reckons “would barely pass muster in a bad Saturday morning episode of Flash Gordon”.
Unfortunately, Jupiter Ascending hits cinemas just as the Oscars voting polls open on Friday, before closing on 17 February six days before the ceremony.
Oscars 2015 nominations
Oscars 2015 nominations
1/28 Birdman - 10 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
2/28 The Grand Budapest Hotel - 10 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Director (Wes Anderson), Best Picture, Film Editing, Production Design, for Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Original Score
3/28 The Imitation Game - 8 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actor ( Keira Knightley) Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Film Editing, Production Design, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
4/28 American Sniper - 6 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay
5/28 Boyhood - 6 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Actress in Supporting role (Patricia Arquette) Film Editing, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Original Screenplay
6/28 Whiplash - 5 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay
7/28 The Theory of Everything - 5 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Actress (Felicity Jones), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
Working Title Films
8/28 Foxcatcher - 5 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Director (Bennett Miller), Best Actor (Steve Carrell), Original Screenplay, Makeup and Hairstyling
9/28 Selma - 2 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Song
10/28 Mr Turner
Oscar nominated for Production Design, Costume Design, Cinematography, Original Score
Reese Witherspoon is Oscar-nominated for best actress in a leading role and Laura Dern is nominated for best supporting actress
12/28 Two Days, One Night
Marion Cotillard has been nominated in the best actress category
Oscar nominated for Original Screenplay
14/28 Gone Girl
Rosamund Pike is Oscar nominated for best actress in a leading role
Twentieth Century Fox
Nominated for Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Original Score
16/28 Still Alice
Best actress in a leading role nomination for Julianne Moore
17/28 The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
Oscar nominated for Sound Editing
18/28 Into The Woods
Oscar nominated for Production Design, Costume Design, Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)
19/28 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Robert Redford and Chris Evans film is nominated for Special Effects
20/28 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Nominated for an Oscar in the Visual Effects category
20th Century Fox
21/28 The Lego Movie
Oscar nominated for best song 'Everything Is Awesome' but snubbed in best animation category
22/28 X-Men, Days of the Future Past
Oscar nominated in the Visual Effects category
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23/28 Begin Again
Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again which is Oscar nominated for best original song
24/28 Guardians Of The Galaxy
Nominated for Visual Effects, for Makeup and Hairstyling
Oscar nominated for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography
26/28 How To Train Your Dragon 2
Oscar nominated for Animated Feature Film
Oscar nominated for Costume Design
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28/28 Inherent Vice
Oscar nominated for Adapted Screenplay
All this bears worrying resemblance to Eddie Murphy’s Oscars race seven years ago, when his chances for soul drama Dreamgirls were (possibly) affected by the untimely release of box office bomb Norbit, in which he played an obese woman. Unsurprisingly, Alan Arkin won for Little Miss Sunshine on the big night instead.
So will this Eddie suffer from a “Norbiting” too? Twitters seems to think so, with many people betting that the gong will almost certainly now go to his fiercest competitor Michael Keaton for Birdman.
Darlings, I'm mildly worried that Eddie Redmayne's whispering thespy campery in Jupiter Ascending will have him thrown off the Oscars' list— Kate Muir (@muirkate) February 3, 2015
I hope that "Jupiter Ascending" becomes the "Norbit" for Eddie Redmayne, so that Michael Keaton can win the Oscar. #JupiterAscendingIsSoBad— Kevin Cárdenas (@kvn_cptchrsma13) February 8, 2015
If you want to forget all about how great Eddie Redmayne was in The Theory of Everything, go and see #JupiterAscending.— Susanna Lazarus (@SusannaLazarus) February 4, 2015
Legit wondering if the JUPITER ASCENDING trailer will turn out to be Eddie Redmayne's NORBIT.— Jaime N. Christley (@j_christley) February 1, 2015
Redmayne’s performance in Jupiter Ascending has been branded “ridiculous”, “unintentionally humourous” and flat-out “terrible” in reviews, but then again, Murphy was known for a string of dreadful movies when he was nominated, while Redmayne won over critics back in 2007 in Savage Grace.
Murphy had also hit headlines for a scandal involving a transsexual prostitute and given a fatally-arrogant Golden Globes acceptance speech in which he not-so-subtly bragged about his salary.
Oscar or no Oscar, it sounds like Redmayne has bought himself a ticket to next year’s Razzie Awards.Reuse content