Related: 2016 Oscar Predictions: Our Picks in Every Category There are two particularly egregious examples of this so-called “category fraud” in the 2016 Oscar race. Alicia Vikander is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, despite the fact that she is the historical drama’s clear-cut female lead. She’ll be up against Rooney Mara, who is the clear-cut co-lead in Carol alongside Cate Blanchett. Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl (2015) As mentioned, the Swedish breakout is the frontrunner in Best Supporting Actress, and does indeed deliver an Oscar-caliber performance as portrait artist Gerda Wegener.
Eddie Redmayne had a fellow Oscar winner at the helm of his new drama, The Danish Girl, in Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). “I talked to Lana about Lili and she told me how important Man Into Woman, Lili’s book, was to her,” Redmayne told Yahoo Movies at the Toronto International Film Festival (watch above). “She talked to me at great length about [artist Gerda Wegener’s] paintings of Lili.
Release date: Nov. 27, 2015 Written by: Lucinda Coxon Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener Matthias Schoenaerts as Hans Axgil
When transgender pioneer Lili Elbe began gender reassignment surgery in 1930, it was still an experimental and risky process. “It could kill you,” Gerda tells Lili.
Three film festivals in three countries over the course of three weeks kick Hollywood’s awards season into gear: Italy’s Venice Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, and the Toronto International Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend in Canada. The Buzz: After mostly positive early reviews from Venice and Telluride, the film got a huge reaction at TIFF.
Eddie Redmayne is going to have another very busy winter. The 33-year-old British actor won the Oscar for Best Actor earlier this year for his all-in portrayal of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. And now, in the forthcoming The Danish Girl, he’s playing another trailblazer: Lili Elbe, a transgender woman who was one of the first publicly known recipients of gender-reassignment surgery. Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina) co-stars in the film as Gerda Gottlieb, the famed painter who was married to Elbe before Elbe transitioned from man to woman.