For whatever sloppy or forgetful reason I’d forgotten until today to put James Marsh‘s Theory of Everything (Focus Features, 11.7) under the “Presumed High Pedigree” section of HE’s Oscar Balloon. (I should change the title to “Likeliest Best Picture Contenders” because that’s what it really means.) It could be this year’s A Beautiful Mind — a brilliant young fellow with a bright future is brought down by tragic illness, but he eventually rebounds with his intellect undmimmed and in fact all the stronger. Eddie Redmayne as super-genius physicist Stephen Hawking, and Felicity Jones as his wife Jane. (The other Oscar-bait movie about an eccentric-nerd brainiac is the Weinstein Co.’s Imitation Game, about the WW II-era cryptogrqpher Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who incidentally played Hawking in a 2004 British TV film.)