Oscar Actors: Redmayne, Eddie as Transgender–The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne won the 2015 Best Actor Oscar at his first nomination for the transgender drama, The Danish Girl.

“I believe that I am a woman,” Redmayne tells his wife. “And I believe you too,” she says supportively.

Redmayne portrays Danish artist Einar Wegener, later known as Lili Elbe — one of the first people to undergo a sex-change operation — in “The Danish Girl.”

The film begins with the early days of their marriage, when Wegener’s wife, Greta (played by Alicia Vikander), painted him in drag. The lines get blurred when Einar kisses a man in secret during an evening out with Greta.

“This is not my body, I have to let it go,” Einar says before undergoing a life-threatening sex-change operation.

Based on David Ebershoff’s 2001 novel of the same name, the film reteams Redmayne with his “Les Miserables” director, Tom Hooper. Lucinda Coxon wrote the screenplay.

Matthias Schoenaerts and Amber Heard also star in the 1920s-set romance drama.

The Danish Girl debuted at the Venice Film Fest and screened the Toronto Film Fest in a few weeks before hitting theaters on November 27.

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