A Fantastic Woman’s win at the Oscars just made history

A Fantastic Woman

The critically acclaimed drama became the first Oscar winning film to feature a transgender storyline with an openly trans actor in the lead role.

A Fantastic Woman made history for trans cinema at last night’s 90th Academy Awards, when it took home the golden statuette for Best Foreign Language Film.

Directed by Sebastian Lelio, the film follows a trans waitress (Daniela Vega) whose older male lover suddenly passes away. Instead of mourning his death, she is treated with suspicion by the doctor and Orlando’s family.

The critically acclaimed drama became the first Oscar winning film to feature a transgender storyline with an openly trans actor in the lead role.

Vega and Lelio accepted the award, and the director called the star an “inspiration” in his acceptance speech.

He added: “This film was made by a lot of friends and artists. I share this with all of you tonight.”

Daniela Vega also became the first openly transgender performer to present at the highly prestigious ceremony, when she introduced Sufjan Stevens’ performance of Mystery of Love from the critically lauded romantic drama, Call Me By Your Name.

Call Me By Your Name also won for Best Adapted Screenplay, making writer/director James Ivory the oldest Oscar winner ever.

Guillermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy film The Shape of Water won a leading four awards – including that coveted Best Picture prize – whilst Christopher Nolan’s war epic, Dunkirk, took home three.

Blade Runner 2049, Coco, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missouri all took home two gongs each.

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