The British Academy Film and Television Awards were shown on Sunday night, a glittering affair for the famous faces that write, direct, produce and star in the films and television shows we love best, complete with the red carpet, flashing cameras, smart suits and evening gowns, limousines and shiny golden awards.
The 2015 BAFTAs saw the Theory of Everything winning the battle for Outstanding British Film and saw Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen Hawking in the film, win the award of Leading Actor. The Theory of Everything was up against The Imitation Game and Eddie Redmayne was up against Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
Eddie Redmayne gives an incredible performance as Stephen Hawking but the film shouldn’t have won against The Imitation Game. The acting is awe inspiring but the story line and script are both weak, dodging major themes of loss, love, betrayal and tragedy. The Imitation Game deals with all these themes and more, in a film with a script as brilliant as the acting. Therefore, The Imitation Game deserved to win. Simply put, it was the better film.
And interestingly, Eddie Redmayne portrays a genius who suffers from a disability that can be physically seen. Benedict Cumberbatch portrays a genius who is different and so s forced to go through immense psychological trauma. Redmayne was playing someone who has problems which can be seen whereas Cumberbatch is playing someone who has problems are hidden inside of them.
Really, it’s just an outcome of our society, the world we live in, in which the physical appearance, the outside, is put before the inside. Society dictates we must all look a certain way and places great emphasis on how our hair must look and how our faces must be shaped and what clothes we must wear. But that’s not important. It’s not the outside which counts; one day, we will all be simply skeletons. What does matter is what’s inside of us, is how we act and how we give to other people. Because if the inside is beautiful, not only will this benefit the people around us, but will be reflected on the outside too.
Both Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch are incredible actors and I don’t know how it was decided which one of them would win the award; I don’t think I would have been able to choose. But the fact that Eddie Redmayne was given the award over Cumberbatch says something about our society and, as the people who live in our society, about us. We have to remember that, at the end of the day, what’s important, most important, is the inside. Is the person we are, not the person we look like.