I guess Eddie Redmayne deserved the Academy Award for best actor for this movie, but Hollywood seems to be suckers for this kind of role. Remember My Left Foot and Rainman were surefire winners, too. Rainman was okay, but I couldn't get through Left Foot without going to sleep.
Theory of Everything, like A Beautiful Mind (did Russell Crow win for that?) is based on a real person, so it's a little more believable. (I don't know about Foot and Rainman).
Good movie, but I was exhausted after watching it. Redmayne is everywhere now. Saw a documentary about Jerusalem and he was narrating. He did a good job in this movie. Must have been difficult.