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Alicia Vikander was named best actress in a supporting role at the Oscars on Sunday night, and The Danish Girl star applauded the cultural shift toward telling more LGBT stories after her win.
“Wow. Thank you so much, the Academy, for this incredible recognition,” began The Danish Girl actress while accepting her award on stage. “I share this with our fabulous crew and cast.”
The 27-year-old Swedish actress scanned the audience for her co-star Eddie Redmayne: “Eddie, there you are. Thank you for being the best acting partner. I couldn’t have done it without you. You raised my game.”
After thanking the cast, crew and her “dream team,” Vikander delivered a heartfelt message to her parents: “Thank you for giving me the belief that anything can happen, even though I would never believe this. Thank you.”
Vikander made no mention of her nominated boyfriend Michael Fassbender, who was up for best actor for his role in Steve Jobs (but lost to Leonardo DiCaprio).
She beat out Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) and seven-time Oscar nominee Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs). The Danish Girl was up for three other awards at the Oscars, including Redmayne for best actor.
In the period film, Vikander plays Gerda Wegener, the supportive wife of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe (Redmayne).
When asked backstage if her Oscar win will allow for more LGBT stories to be told, the actress replied: “I definitely hope so. I came on this film only two years ago and I know that this was not an easy film to get made and it has been almost 15 years that one of our producers, Gail, had worked on it and to see kind of the cultural change with just me over the years since I actually finished the film with, I don’t know, with Caitlyn Jenner coming out, with Transparent and Tangerine.
Vikander added: “It’s like a social change and I just wish that — in the same way that this film has been so educational for me and with so many people that I got to meet and in preparation for it I hope that it can open up an even wider conversation, if our film can be a part of that discussion.”
Earlier in the night, Vikander, who wore a yellow Louis Vuitton gown, exclaimed on the red carpet before the awards show began: “I’m at the Oscars — crazy! Just being here is so surreal; I have butterflies in my tummy.”
Tapped as an “It” girl this awards season for her dual critically acclaimed roles (The Danish Girl and sci-fi thriller Ex Machina) as well as her style on the red carpet, she also won at the Critics’ Choice and SAG awards — even though Winslet picked up the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards over Vikander (who was nominated for Ex Machina).
The 88th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and aired on ABC.
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