A Fantastic Woman just won Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars

A Chilean film about a trans woman has just won for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

A Fantastic Woman tells the story of trans woman in the Chilean capital Santiago following the death of her older male lover.

It stars Daniela Vega, also made history as the first trans person to present at the Academy Awards.

Thrilled Fantastic Woman won best Best Foreign Language Film. And right now Daniela Vega is making history as the Oscars’ first openly transgender presenter. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/UWBO6vXThv

— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) March 5, 2018

Director Sebastian Lelio accepted the award and with the Vega and the film’s producers standing behind him on stage.

Excelente #AFantasticWoman le dió un #Oscars a mi #Chile querido! #vivachile #vamoschile pic.twitter.com/esG0OmotkL

— Carlos Alvarez (@ticalz) March 5, 2018

Trans rights in Chile

Lelio told Gay Star News in an exclusive interview that Vega inspired the story and he wanted to promote gender equality laws in Chile.

So meeting her made me understand I wanted to make the film. And then, very soon after that… I was not going to make it without a transgender actress,’ he said.

‘The next step for LGBTI equality in Chile is to approve gender identity law,’ he says. ‘So, legal recognition of the right to be transgender.

‘Which, strangely enough, was being discussed in Parliament the same day the nomination was announced. At the same time! They approved the idea of legislating it, so it went to the next step. It was an important day.’

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