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Londoners Sam Smith, Jessie Ware and Lily Allen are among favourites to win big at tonight's Brit Awards. The queen of pop, Madonna will perform at the 35th annual event. ITV will be live on the red carpet with all the winners.

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Eddie Redmayne on his Oscars win: 'Can you believe it?'

Eddie Redmayne has paid tribute to everyone who worked with him on The Theory Of Everything, for which he won his Oscar and expressed his disbelief that he won the coveted award.

He told Good Morning Britain: "Can you believe it?...It's this extraordinary thing when you're lucky enough to tell a story like this. The amount of people involved that help make you be able to tell that story is extraordinary."

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Redmayne dedicates Oscar to 'all those battling ALS'

British Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne dedicated his award to all those people battling motor neurone disease (known as ALS in America), the illness which has left Professor Stephen Hawking in a wheelchair.

Redmayne paid passionate tribute to the Hawking family after he won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of the famous physicist in The Theory of Everything.

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I don't think I'm capable of articulating quite how I feel right now. I'm fully aware that I'm a lucky, lucky man.

This award belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS.

I will be its custodian and I promise you I will look after him, I will polish him, I will answer his beck and call and wait on him hand and foot.

– Eddie Redmayne
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Oscars 2015: Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor award

Eddie Redmayne poses with his Oscar for best actor nominee for his role in "The Theory of Everything". Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Eddie Redmayne has won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in 'The Theory of Everything'.

Speaking backstage after the ceremony in Los Angeles, Redmayne said: "For Stephen Hawking, the illness was of little interest to him. He lives forward, passionately."

On making the movie, he said: "When I watch a film, I believe what I see on screen. We felt a responsibility to tell their story."

The 33-year-old joked that the best actor win will give him some peace of mind about his future career.

"I've always had to fight for jobs. Retaining employment will keep me very happy," he said.

Russell Brand makes list of 'world's great thinkers'

Russell Brand has been shortlisted as one of the world's great thinkers.

American magazine Prospect named the comedian as one of fifty people on their 'World Thinkers 2015' list; a compilation of intellectuals, philosophers and economists from across the globe.

Russell Brand has made it into the top 50 thinkers, according to Prospect Credit: PA

The actor turned activist's venture into politics - particularly in his work with disaffected young voters - is thought to be one of the reasons behind his nomination.

Previous winners of the award include biologist and prestigious author Richard Dawkins.

Find out who else made the list here.

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