On Sunday night, Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” went home with the trophy for best foreign language film. The movie, which has gotten international attention, follows the story of a transgender woman (played by Daniela Vega) who struggles to get accepted by her deceased lover's family.
After being presented with the award at the Oscars ceremony, director Sebastián Lelio gave thanks to everyone who made the film magical. “I want to thank the cast of the film especially the brilliant actor Francisco Reyes and the inspiration for the film, Daniela Vega.”
Vega also made history at the 90th Academy Awards when she becomes the first openly trans performer to present an award at the Oscars. The actress spoke with Latina about how she first started as a culture consultant before landing the big role. "I started working with Sebastián Lelio’s and Gonzalez Maza (co-writer) just as a consultant," she said, adding, "I think maybe one year later Sebastián asked me if I wanted to do the role. I was like, 'OMG YES!' So it was very natural, very organic. Then with the shooting and this beautiful journey all this year, it has been an amazing experience for me and the most important moments in my life."
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Rita Morena, who earned an Acadamy Award for her amazing performance on West Side Story back in 1962, presented the award for best foreign language film. A Fantastic Woman is the first win for the South American county in this category.