Congratulations are in order for Eddie as he won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Award at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything“!
Eddie looked genuinely surprised and in awe when he received the award that he dedicated to people suffering with ALS in a beautiful and touching acceptance speech that you can watch below:
“I would like to dedicate this award, this very wonderful skinny man, to those people around the world living with ALS; to those who have lost their lives to this brutal disease. In preparing to play Stephen, I met many people fighting ALS and I met their families fighting alongside them. And the courage and the bravery and this triumph of spirit that I witnessed blew my mind. So I am incredibly grateful to them.”
Eddie is a patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the UK which funds and promotes research to understand what causes MND (ALS and MND are different descriptions of the same disease), how to diagnose it and, most importantly, how to effectively treat it so that it no longer devastates lives. Make sure to visit their website to learn more about the disease and the work MNDA do.