Oscars 2018: Daniela Vega becomes first openly transgender presenter at Oscars

06 March, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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The film tells the story of a transgender woman (Vega) who faces discrimination and abuse following the sudden death of her boyfriend. In fact, she wasn't even nominated for an award Sunday night.

Vega was given opportunity to participate at Academy Awards after starring in Sebastian Lelio's Oscar nominated film "A Fantastic Woman". Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion.

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Actor Daniela Vega speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

"Film should ask questions rather than deliver answers; the main goal is to shed light on something", said Lelio, who earned global acclaim for Gloria (2013), another film centered on a woman in crisis. Vega's performance - her first-ever screen role, she had originally acted as a consultant on the pic before Lelio cast her as the lead - drew lavish praise.

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The movie was initially about a cisgender character; however, Lelio was inspired to change the story after he began working with Vega, who initially joined the movie as a LGBT advisor. The way in which these narratives speak for wider communities means that the history of those communities' struggles and pain are achingly present in these films - the spectre of loss and oppression hanging over the proceedings like the ghost of Orlando does visually in the fabric of the film. "This is my personal choice and this is what constitutes my humanity".

Orlando spent the last night of his life dancing with the woman he loved. The two are in love and planning for the future but after celebrating Marina's birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill.

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With special thanks to Adam David Rohe for his advisement on aspects of this article.

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