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Eddie Redmayne to receive Palm Springs film award

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Image caption Redmayne's role in the Theory of Everything is his most high profile to date

Eddie Redmayne is to receive an honorary award at the Palm Springs Film Festival for his role as Stephen Hawking in the Theory of Everything.

The biopic focuses on the early career of the famous physicist and his relationship with his first wife Jane, played by Felicity Jones.

Redmayne has already been tipped for an Oscar nomination for his performance.

He will be presented with The Desert Palm achievement award at the Californian festival in January.

Previous recipients of the accolade include Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey and Jeff Bridges.

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Image caption Marion Cotillard is nominated for best actress at the European Film Awards

Redmayne's previous work includes My Week with Marilyn and Les Miserables.

Meanwhile, Oscar contenders Ida, Leviathan and Winter Sleep are among the contenders for best film at the European Film Awards.

Ida, Poland's entry for the best foreign film at the 2015 Academy Awards, is set in the 1960s and tells the story of a young nun who discovers a family secret dating back to the country's occupation by the Nazis.

Russia's entry, Leviathan, paints a picture of the abuse of power in contemporary Russia, while Turkey's epic family drama, Winter Sleep, picked up the Palme d'Or in Cannes earlier this year.

The other entries for Europe's top film prize are Turist, about a Swedish family who narrowly escape harm following an avalanche while on a skiing holiday, and Lars von Trier's lengthy and sexually-explicit Nymphomaniac Director's Cut - Volume I and II.

Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg are among the nominees for best actress for Two Days, One Night and Nymphomaniac respectively.

Best actor nominees include Brendan Gleeson for Calvary, Tom Hardy in Locke and Timothy Spall in Mr Turner.

The awards will be handed out on 13 December in Riga, Latvia, this year's European Capital of Culture.

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