Daniela Vega makes history, becomes first transgender Oscars presenter

Sebastian Lelio

Sebastian Lelio

OK, it's a Chilean drama, and those don't have a habit of cracking the main categories - it had to content itself with a nomination for Best Foreign Film instead, which it has a very good chance of winning. And my kids. And I wanna say, like Jimmy Cagney said once, 'My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my brothers and sisters thank you.

"I hope this award, this film, and the awareness it has created, the amplifier that this means, helps to give more relevance to a matter that is urgent, because again, a transgender person is not a class B person". And right now Daniela Vega is making history as the Oscars' first openly transgender presenter. This is huge, and she totally nailed it.

She was born and raised in Chile.

Her breakout role nearly never happened.

The film opens with Marina (Chilean actress Daniela Vega) singing in a bar as a man comes in and watches her. "He asked to meet and there was an immediate trust and affection between us".

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He said: "I want to thank the cast of the film, especially the brilliant actor Francisco Reyes Morandé and the inspiration for this movie, Daniela Vega". "When we saw each other, we spent time together and had a great time".

Vega, 28, had appeared in only one film before 'A Fantastic Woman'. As soon as she loses the protection afforded by her relationship, the world rushes in to attack. The woman of the title, Marina, is indeed fantastic - a woman entirely uninterested in notions of tragedy and victimhood defining her experience - and yet the "fantastic" of the title can also be thought to refer to something remote from reality - a "fantasy", something worth dreaming of but too often just out of reach.

She went to an all-boys school. Orlando's ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral.

"There was a lot of psychological violence in my life as well when I was looking for jobs. It taught me that I had to learn to protect myself - and it made me stronger", she told The Guardian in February 2018.

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