Oscars 2018: 'A Fantastic Woman' wins best foreign film

Marcus Newton
March 5, 2018

Director Sebastian Lelio accepted the award on the team's behalf.

Calling the Oscars win for the film "a transgender watershed", The Hollywood Reporter writes, "The Spanish-language feature, about a trans woman who faces bigotry and intolerance after her partner dies, has become a touchstone for an entire movement, and the film's star, trans actress Daniela Vega, its spokeswoman". But there's another issue: Marina is transgender, which just adds an extra layer to what his family considers her inappropriateness.

"The bookies' favourites, however, are Ruben Östlund's Cannes Palme d'Or victor The Square from Sweden, and the Chilean entry A Fantastic Woman, a bold and moving love story from Gloria director Sebastián Lelio with a mesmerising central performance by rising star Daniela Vega", added The Guardian.

"Loveless" was one of the best reviewed foreign films of a year ago.

Vega hopes the movie will represent the global transgender community. Hollywood has come under increasing criticism for celebrating trans stories played by non-trans actors, while failing to cast transgender actors - Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry"), Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") and Felicity Huffman ("Transamerica") have all garnered Oscar nominations for trans roles, with Swank and Leto winning.

Accepting the award, director of the film Leilo said, "Thank you so much".

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Daniela Vega made history at the ceremony tonight by becoming the first trans woman in this history of the Oscars to introduce a performance.

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.

He also thanked Daniela Vega for being "the inspiration for this movie".

A Fantastic Woman beat out The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), On Body and Soul (Hungary), and The Square.

Moreno received a standing ovation when she took the stage. "They are one of us", Lelio said.

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