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Oscars 2015: Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch compete for best actor gong

By Robert Dex

British actors Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch will go head-to-head in the race to be named best actor at this year's Oscars.

Redmayne, whose performance as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything has already won him a Golden Globe, is among the early favourites to carry off the statuette.

As well as Cumberbatch, who played code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, Redmayne is up against Steve Carell, nominated for Foxcatcher, American Sniper's Bradley Cooper and Birdman's Michael Keaton for the award.

The early odds suggest Redmayne faces stiff competition from Keaton in the race to be named Best Actor. The US star is 4-5 to win, just marginally ahead of Redmayne at 10-11, according to bookmaker William Hill.

Redmayne's co-star in The Theory Of Everything, Felicity Jones, and Rosamund Pike are both nominated for the leading actress gong. Jones and Gone Girl star Pike face competition from Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard.

Keira Knightley, who stars alongside Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, is nominated for the best supporting actress award alongside Oscars veteran Meryl Streep.

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