Karen Koren: A joyous outbreak of Redmaynia

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I WAS so happy that Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything. What an amazing year he is having. First there was the Golden Globe Best Actor Award, then the BAFTA Best Actor, and now the Oscar, which will have made his year.

It is good to see an actor who is self-assured but still has some humility and appears a genuinely nice person.

Right now, there is a whole new batch of British actors making it big in Hollywood. As well as Redmayne there is Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones and Keira Knightley. All of them good chums.

Shame it was only Eddie who got the award this time, but I’m sure that their time will come. For now, though, there is Redmaynia, and very well deserved it is too.

I did not stay up to watch the show, but did record it. I like the luxury of watching it over a few days. One of my work colleagues had to have yesterday off as she was at an Oscars party, which is what lots of people do nowadays - though there are not many of us who have the luxury of being able to take the next day off work.

To be honest, Iove it, but the whole hoopla of the dresses and what designer the ladies are wearing is not the reason I watch it.

I liked that Patricia Arquette, named Best Supporting Actress for her role in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, spoke out for equal rights for women. She said: “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights.”

Meryl Streep was the first to shout out, “Yes, yes!” at the top of her voice. This has become the talking point of the night on most news channels.

Movies are still a very male dominated industry, this is true of most industries. Women are still fighting for equal pay and equality on every level. It’s changing thankfully, but its still there. Good to hear it raised on the world stage though.