Hollywood likes actors who take on extreme roles (“My Left Foot”, “Elephant Man”), so is no surprise Eddie Redmayne took the best actor award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The film “ doesn’t mince words about Hawking’s disability. It’s also a revelatory portrait of his strength, including his surprising gaiety (btw, checkout our display of Hawking’s books while browsing for DVDs) . “ Julianne Moore (best actress) tackles a similar kind of role in “Still Alice” (not yet out on DVD), as a middle class housewife who succumbs to Alzheimers disease. Other acting notices went to Steve Carrell in “Foxcatcher,” about an eccentric multi-millionaire who sponsors champion wrestlers, Robert Duvall in “The Judge”, as a magistrate accused of murder, Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”, based on the popular psycho-thriller, and Reese Witherspoon for “Wild,” based on Cheryl Strayed’s trek to personal discovery.