By Anjelica Oswald
Though there is a large group of potential lead actor contenders for the 87th Academy Awards, many believe the race will be between Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne. While Cumberbatch is up for The Imitation Game and his role as Alan Turing, one genius who made his name in the 20th Century, Redmayne is up for another genius, Stephen Hawking, who is still alive today. Redmayne’s portrayal of Hawking isn’t the first to hit the screen; in fact, Cumberbatch first portrayed him in Hawking, a 2004 television film by the BBC. Both portrayals have been praised. Here is a brief look at the roles and what Hawking thought of the portrayals.