Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne just took home a coveted Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama trophy for his physically demanding role as most-brilliant-man-in-the-universe Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Redmayne was up against a high-powered lineup that included David Oyelowo’s Martin Luther King in Selma and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, not to mention Steve Carell’s career-redefining role in Foxcatcher. (Jake Gyllenhaal was the sole non-biopic nomination in the Motion Picture, Drama field.)

Redmayne started off by thanking Hawking, then went on to express profuse gratitude to his director, James Marsh, who “held my hand as I had panic attacks daily.” Redmayne also thanked his wife Hannah Bagshawe—and, in one of the night’s more endearing speech moments, semi-apologized for cutting their honeymoon short to attend the Globes. “I promised her sunshine! Wasn’t so great today,” joked Redmayne.

The win for Redmayne could be seen as a serious advantage in the hotly contested race for the Best Actor Oscar, though it’s tricky to read the award’s impact, since the Globes also gave frontrunner Michael Keaton an award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical.