Daniela Vega, 'A Fantastic Woman' star, becomes first openly transgender Oscars presenter

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Vega didn't score an acting nomination for her role in A Fantastic Woman, despite some speculation that she could become the first trans actress in history to get an Oscar nomination for acting.

On stage, Vega seemed to acknowledge the importance of her presence on stage.

The Chilean actress introduced Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent, performing "Mystery of Love" from the Oscar-nominated film "Call Me By Your Name" at the 90th annual Academy Awards.

Director Sebastian Lelio accepted the award on the team's behalf.

Vega stars in "A Fantastic Woman", which tells the story of a transgender singer facing discrimination.


"Thank you so much, this is an wonderful gift", said Lelio, adding: "I want to thank the cast of the film, especially the brilliant actor Francisco Reyes and the inspiration for this movie, Daniela Vega".

He also thanked Daniela Vega for being "the inspiration for this movie". The couple's child, 12-year-old Alyosha, is left outside his parents' quarrel and feeling completely abandoned disappears one day.

Meanwhile the police suspect Orlando's death from an aneurysm may have involved drugs or foul play, and submit Marina to questioning and a humiliating physical exam.

Marina contends with even more painful encounters with the man's family and ex-wife, who threaten, cajole and insult Marina in an effort to keep her away from the memorial service.

The Chilean film beat nominees from Russia, Lebanon, Sweden and Hungary.

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