The British star has played down the buzz surrounding his performance, which many have speculated could match his turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Lead Actor earlier this year.
The Danish Girl sees the 33-year-old play Lili Elbe, born Einar Wegener, who became one of earliest recipients of sex reassignment surgery in the Thirties.
Asked at the Toronto Film Festival about whether he could stand to win a second Oscar, Redmayne 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.”
But the film has not received such glowing reviews as the hype surrounding the movie might have suggested. The Independent’s chief film reviewer Geoffrey Macnab gave it three stars, writing: “This is a transgender story that is very careful not to startle or offend its audience. That is one of the reasons it doesn’t have quite the emotional kick that might have been expected.”
However, he did concede Redmayne played the role with “extraordinary sensitivity and dignity”.
Cate Blanchetts next movie was first tipped as an Oscars contender at Cannes, where it received glowing reviews and won her co-star Rooney Mara the Best Actress gong. Both actresses are early favourites. as is the film itself, about a woman in a loveless marriage who sparks a connection with a 20-something department store clerk. Features a stellar score, too.
2/16 The Revenant
Not just any film, but the film that might just prove seventh time lucky for Leonardo DiCaprio. 'Poor Leo' has been nominated again and again without taking home a golden man but, as a 19th century fur trapper hellbent on revenge, he'll be hoping for glory next February. Last year's Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is behind the camera and the first trailer looks gritty and awesome.
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Jennifer Lawrence is set to be back in the front row at next year's ceremony with a nomination for Joy. The previous Best Actress winner plays a single mother turned multi-millionaire businesswoman in David O'Russell's biopic of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. Out at Christmas, just in time for peak Oscars buzz.
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Baltasar Kormákur’s disaster thriller about the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster is set to open Venice next month, where previous titles selected to kick off the film festival have included Oscar winners Birdman and Gravity. The star-studded cast also bodes well for what looks set to be one of the biggest films of the autumn, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Robin Wright, Josh Brolin and Sam Worthington.
5/16 Steve Jobs
This film may be somewhat infamous for all its problems en route to the cinema, but with Danny Boyle in the director's chair it's finally making waves. Michael Fassbender plays late tech pioneer Jobs while Seth Rogen is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Yet another biopic, but the Academy does love them.
6/16 The Danish Girl
Eddie Redmayne returns in another challenging role as pioneering transgender artist Lili Elbe, who became the first man to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The 33-year-old Brit won last time around for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and was so excited then that we're not sure he could actually cope with the ecstasy of triumphing twice.
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Tom Hardy is playing not one but both Kray twins in this mobster biopic about notorious gangsters Ronnie and Reggie, who ran an organised London crime ring in the Sixties. Surely that deserves some Academy credit?
8/16 Son of Saul
A sure-fire hit in the foreign language category after winning the Grand Prix at Cannes, Son of Saul focuses on the Holocaust in a uniquely horrifying way. The story is told through the eyes of a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner who works in Auschwitz burning bodies after gas chamber extermination and is intent on giving his dead son a proper burial. This is the first film from director Laszlo Nemes, who could well leave Los Angeles with an Oscar or two next year.
9/16 Inside Out
Lego Movie fans were less than impressed when the film was snubbed at the Oscars last year, but there’s little doubt Inside Out will not suffer the same fate. The clever Pixar movie about the inner workings of the mind is already the animated film of the year, winning five star accolades from a number of critics. The ‘children’s film’ succeeds in appealing to viewers of all ages, from under-10s to adults brushing up on Freudian displacement.
10/16 Black Mass
Warner Bros is touting this crime drama as a definite awards season favourite. Following the recent trend for biopics, the film is based on the true story of violent American criminal Whitey Bulger, who became an FBI informant. Johnny Depp stars as Bulger, and - should the Oscars campaigning pay of - this could be the film that turns his career around after a series of box office flops
Michael Fassbender stars as Shakespeare’s Scottish King in this thrilling, blood-spattered adaptation directed by Justin Kurzel. Marion Cotillard appears alongside the Irish-German actor as Lady Macbeth in the film, which was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The movie shares the same producers as The King’s Speech and Shame.
Expect uproar from feminist campaigners if this film doesn’t get any Oscar nominations. Directed by Sarah Gavron (a rare female director) and based on a screenplay by Abi Morgan, the movie - as the title suggests - follows the early members of Britain’s women’s suffragette movement. Meryl Streep, who starred in Morgan’s The Iron Lady, returns to play another historic British woman, Emmeline Pankhurst, while Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw also star.
Oliver Stone's political thriller brings to life the recent news story about American computer professional Edward Snowden's decision to leak classified information from the NSA to the Guardian in 2013. Based on The Snowden Files by Guardian journalist Luke Harding, the film sounds promising, but whether teen movie favourite Joseph Gordon-Levitt can give a convincing performance as Snowden will be up to the critics to decide.
14/16 In the Heart of the Sea
Chris Hemsworth takes on a huge whale in Ron Howard’s ocean-based drama about the true story of a whaling ship attacked by a whale in 1820. Warner Bros clearly backs it, moving its release date from March to peak-awards season in December and the trailer suggests we're in for a stormy ride at sea.
15/16 Jurassic World
We're not predicting this one to make a showing in the acting categories, but Colin Trevorrow may be in for a shot as Best Director. This blockbuster scored the highest opening of any movie ever earlier this year, and is tipped to pick up some gongs for visual effects and sound editing.
16/16 The Lady In The Van
Could an adaptation of an obscure-sounding Alan Bennett story win over US Academy voters? British films have fared well across the pond in recent years (The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and The King’s Speech to name a few), which could give Nicholas Hytner’s movie a boost. Starring Maggie Smith (and we all know how much Americans love Downton), Dominic Cooper and James Corden, this charming film deserves a look in.
Redmayne added that Elbe, who died aged 38 in 1931, was “an extraordinarily courageous and brilliant woman….an icon of the 20th century”.
The actor, who is due to star next in JK Rowling’s upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, told the film festival he appreciated the “generosity and kindness” of all the transgender people who came forward to speak to the cast and crew in preparation for the movie.
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