Synopsis: Stephen Hawking (Benedict Cumberbatch) contracts a degenerative disease while a doctoral student, but goes on to achieve worldwide acclaim as a physicist and author.
Genre: Biography, Drama
  1 win & 3 nominations.
90 min

It has to be back to the beginning.

Is that what he's doing?

Yes, yes.


One thing I have to

know before we start.

When did you meet him?

Back then?

In 1963 you're talking about.

What did you make of him?

We didn't. We didn't meet him.

He was in England,

we were in New Jersey.

Wait a minute

We didn't even know he existed.

Did we know he existed?

We had no idea who he was,

Stephen Hawking. Who's he?

- Fifteen years ago Bob.

- Can you believe it?

- Time flies, huh...

There was no beginning of the universe.

Past, present, future, the universe has always existed,

and it always will.

- Stephen?

- It stays the same.


What is it?

What is it??

OK wait, how long we got here?

I don't wanna be late, Arno Penzias was

late for his Nobel Prize? I don't think so.

- Are we filming now?

- Yes.

I swear to you, that this is the most profound thing

you will hear in your entire life.

The sound or the story?

The sound or the story?

What's the difference?

There you are. Your mother sent me to find you.

--a new matter, which is being created to replace old matter,

this process has always existed and will continue forever.

Nothing changes,

nothing has ever changed.

It's my theory.

And I've given it a name.

I've called it "steady state".

- Good night.

- Good night professor Hoyle.

That's Hoyle?

That's Hoyle.

- Hello.

- Hello. Who are you?

I'm Jane Wilde.

- We haven't, have we?

- No.

I'm a friend of Stephen's.

We met at another party and

he invited me to this party.



- How are you?

- Fine.

Good. You?

- I'm still fine, thanks!

- Sorry.

Your um.your...

Oh no, thanks. Thank you very much.

- Oh, they're a terrible fiddle, aren't they.

- Yes. Terrible.



It's a party. People might want to dance.

You can't dance to Wagner.

To Stephen!

Happy birthday.

- Should we go outside?

- What?

It makes me feel...small. Very small.

All that out there. Us, here.

Don't worry. Galileo was wrong.

St. Albans is absolutely the centre of the universe.

- Galileo died, 321 years ago today.

- On your birthday?

Changed the way we

thought about everything.

People are frightened of change.

My father and I used to come out here

in the middle of the night to look at stars.

I actually saw a star die once.

Course it actually happened about 200 000 years ago,

but the news didn't reach St. Albans until 1956 - light's fast, but it isn't that fast.

Sorry. Physics.

They're all so far away.

But they don't seem it, I mean,

you feel like you might stretch and reach

and you might just touch them.

Better hurry up with your stretching and reaching

because they're getting further away.


The galaxy is moving away from us.

The closer ones at about six million miles an hour

and the distant ones at about two hundred million miles an hour.

I believe in God.

- Oh sorry, I just wanted to say it, I don't know why.

- It's alright.

You said you felt small. Does God make you feel less small?

There's nothing wrong with feeling in science, feeling matters.

All the best ideas are felt and argued about later.

Einstein said he could feel in his little finger

if an idea was right.

- So you're in good company. And you like Wagner.

- Actually...

- No, I don't. I think he's ...

- What?

Pompous. And ridiculous.

- Who do you like then?

- Rachmaninoff.

- What?

- Nothing.


- Stephen?

- I didn't say anything.

- The Beatles.

- Who?

- Nevermind.

- Jane?


- Please, please me.

- What?

Love me, do.

We should go in.

- I can't get up.

- Come on.

- I can't!

- Very funny!

I can't get up Jane!

I'll go and get help.

Hello? Jane? Hello? Can you hear me?

- What's wrong with you?

- I can't get up.

Well, give me your hand.

- Will it hurt?

- The truth? Yes.

A little bit more.

That's good. Now hold, hold still.

This might be a little bit more uncomfortable.

- How old are you Stephen?

- I'm 21.

- How old are You?

- I'm older than you.

- How much older?

- I'm 33.

Same age as Marilyn Monroe in Some like it hot.

And what do you do?

Oh no, wait let me guess. Umm, insurance salesman?

Or banking maybe?

- I'm aI'm a cosmologist.

- Oh, good for you!

Just started my PhD.

Or rather I've just started to think about

what my PhD might be.

Now this will take about five minutes.

Sometimes it helps to talk about something completely different.

To take your mind off all this.

And then your time suspended in space will pass more quickly.

- Time and space do not exist independently of each other.

- Is that so?

Or the universe.


Matter and energy in the universe warp and distort space-time.

Space-time's curved.


No. No, we don't know.

Lots of tests.

Yes he is. Goodbye.

- Who was it?

- The girl from the party.

The x-ray of your spine with the dye in shows

that you don't have anything pressing on your spinal cord.

- That's good isn't it?

- It's a process of elimination.

You were a team.

I mean you're both getting the Nobel Prize this evening.

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Submitted on October 31, 2017

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