"I'm completely overwhelmed," said Eddie, who is in the running for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama. "I was about to do my Christmas shopping in about four hours and that's now come to an aggressive halt. I'm beyond thrilled."
The 32-year-old British actor first made a huge splash in the U.S. with his turn as Marius in Les Miserables two years ago. In The Theory of Everything, Eddie plays celebrated astronomer, physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. The film follows the life of the scientist from his early years studying at Cambridge to his meteoric success in the science world and his fight to overcome ALS. In addition to Eddie's nomination, the movie was nominated in three other categories: Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Felicity Jones) and Best Original Score, Motion Picture (Johann Johannsson).
While Eddie's performance has already earned him a Hollywood Film Award for Best Breakout Performance: Actor and has made some critics consider him a frontrunner to win the Golden Globe, Eddie is just happy for the consideration.
"To be honest, to be included in that list of actors -- David [Oyelowo], Steve [Carell], Benedict [Cumberbatch] and Jake [Gyllenhaal] -- I feel extraordinarily privileged to be even invited to the party," said Eddie. "It means the world. I'm just going to enjoy that."
How is he going to enjoy it?
"I love nothing more than my fiancee," said Redmayne, who became engaged to girlfriend Hannah Bagshawe earlier this year. "We'll crack open a bottle of something to celebrate."
The Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, air live on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.