By Kelsey Glein
Jan 16, 2015 @ 12:15 pm
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Where was The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne when he found out about his Oscar nomination for best actor yesterday? "I was in bed," Redmayne told InStyle at last night's 2015 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, where he looked dapper in a Valentino tuxedo. "It was about 5:30 in the morning, and I was staying at The Sunset Tower."

But, the actor wasn't watching the live announcement on television like most people: "I was woken up to this great banging on the wall—on the wall and on the door. As I got out of bed, I also managed to hit my knee. I was stumbling around, just trying to get a hold of a towel or something to cover my not fully clothed body," he shared. "I got to the door and my manager, who was also staying at the hotel, was there holding an iPhone with this cacophony of screams coming from it. It was my team that I have been working with twelve years."

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Aside from his team's reaction, Redmayne himself was also thrilled: "I was very excited. It was an amazing moment," he said. "It is teamwork, this whole nomination stuff. As an actor it is all about putting one foot in front of the other. I attempt to take it all in. Try and breathe, and photograph as much in my mind as I can."

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—With reporting by Brianna Deutsch