The Oscars happen on March 4 in Hollywood, and the initial group of people tapped to be awards presenters has been announced. For the first time, one of the twelve instage presenters for this year’s 90th edition of the Academy Awards will be an out trans person.
Rge person given the honor of repping the trans community on that Oscar stage will be Chilean actress Daniela Vega.
The 28 year old Vega is the star of the Oscar nominated film A Fantastic Woman in which she plays Marina Vidal, the trans protagonist in this Sebastian Lelio movie. She loses her life partner Orlando, ,and her trans status makes it difficult for her to mourn Orlando’s death.
Hmm, another movie I’ll have to check out.
A Fantastic Woman was nominated in the Best Foreign Language film category, and after getting award nominations and international acclaim for the role of Marina, there was buzz building that she could possibly be the person that finally made Academy Awards history and become the first out trans person ever nominated for an Oscar.
While that Best Actress nomination unfortunately didn’t happen for Vega this time, she did get the consolation prize of being the first out trans person ever to be named as an Oscar presenter.
Congrats Daniela for making that history, and hopefully one day you’ll be back on that Oscar stage to actually claim an Oscar of your own.