02/23/2015 01:05 EST | Updated 02/23/2015 01:59 EST

Stephen Hawking Congratulates Eddie Redmayne On Best Actor Oscar Win

Eddie Redmayne's performance as Stephen Hawking won him a Best Actor Oscar for "The Theory of Everything," and a touching tribute from the man he played.

Now, they're going to celebrate the win together.

Hawking issued a congratulatory note to the actor on his Facebook page Sunday night, after Redmayne beat out performers such as "Birdman's" Michael Keaton and "The Imitation Game's" Benedict Cumberbatch to capture the honour.

Redmayne now plans to travel to Cambridge, England to meet with Hawking and his ex-wife Jane, so they can enjoy the honour in person, People reported.

"They've been so kind to us throughout this process," Redmayne told reporters Sunday night.

"The Theory of Everything" tells the story of how Hawking met Jane Wilde (played by Felicity Jones) while the pair were studying at Cambridge University.

It then recounts their unfolding relationship as the scientist starts to feel the effects of ALS, a degenerative disease.

Hawking had previously praised Redmayne's performance, saying in a video, "at times, I thought he was me."

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