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Alicia Vikander wins Oscar for “The Danish Girl”

Alicia Vikander won the first Academy Award of her career or her performance in The Danish Girl.

‘Thank you Academy for this recognition,’ the actress said from the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. ‘I share my award with my incredible crew from the film. Thank you my director Tom (Hooper), thank you Eddie for being the best acting partner. In the end, I would like to thank my mom and dad who believed in me.’

Vikander, 27, beat out Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), and previous Academy Award winner Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) in the supporting actress category.

In the film, Vikander played the role of Danish painter Gerda Wegener who was married to Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

In the years prior to the film being made and Vikander being cast, Oscar winners Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard were circling the role.

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