Oscars 2015: Disability inspires, shines & wins on the red carpet


The 87th Academy Awards took place on Sunday, February 22nd 2015 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood and Highland Centre. This is the first time ever in the history of the academy where both the leading roles (best actor and actress) won the Oscars in portraying their role living with a disability.

Both actors played roles based on characters from novels and also accumulative real life stories showcasing the ups and downs on what the disease can bring? It’s about understanding and seeing a small glimpse of what both the real life characters (and others living with these disease) go through in their daily lives.

Being disabled and living with it everyday is not easy – the help and assistance that anyone needs can be very important and well portrayed by actors that acted their parts.

Best Actor in a Leading Role  – Eddie Redmayne

(Movie: The Theory of Everything / Played character: Prof. Stephen Hawkings living with Motor Neurone Disease)

The best actor award was won by British actor Eddie Redmayne who played  Prof. Stephen Hawkings in the movie The Theory of Everything.

Eddie Redmayne was honored for his excellent portrayal of physicist Prof. Hawkins who has motor neurone disease (ALS).  While accepting the award, he thanked the Hawkins family, including Jane Hawkins on whose book the film is based, and further went on by saying his award belonged “to all of the people around the world battling ALS”. 

Best ActressJulianne Moore

(Movie: Still Alive / Character Played: Dr. Alice Howland living with Alzheimer Disease)

The film, based on the best selling novel by Lisa Genova, tells the story of Alice Howland a linguistic professor who is diagnosed with early-onset of Alzheimer’s disease. While receiving the Oscars – Julianne Moore used her speech to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and was happy and thrilled she could shine a light on the disease.  She carried on by saying “So many people who have this disease feel marginalised. People who have Alzheimer’s disease deserve to be seen so we can find a cure.”

By the end of the night, it was disability that shined. It shined for the good reasons at this years Oscars. It inspired, gave hope, created awareness and finally won many hearts with some outstanding work carried out by Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything and Julianne Moore for Still Alice.

The winners truly deserved this years Oscars.


Have your say about the evening ? Did these movies inspire you ?  



2 Comment

  1. Great article. Thanks! Sadly I’ve not seen either film but both are on my list for ones to watch once they’re available to download.

  2. Thanks Rachel and yes, good ones to have on a list. Keep a box of tissues ready as you will be needing them. Very touching story line.