Lelio ascended the Dolby stage with Vega whom he called "the inspiration for this movie".
The Chilean drama A Fantastic Woman took home the Oscar for best foreign language film at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. He initially started working with Vega as a consultant for the film but in the process of honing the script together, Lelio realized his adviser was his star.
Chile's "A Fantastic Woman" directed by Sebastian Lelio has beaten out Russia's "Loveless" by Andrey Zvyagintsev in the fight for the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film.
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"I hope this award, this film, and the awareness it has created, the amplifier that this means, helps to give more relevance to a matter that is urgent, because again, a transgender person is not a class B person".
28-year-old Vega has been receiving rave reviews for her central role in the film. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper. "I see the world is trying to change fast, but in some areas, that change is being blocked", she said. But after a police auto picks her up and takes her back to the hospital, she realises that she's being treated as a suspect in Francesco's death and not as a grieving partner. She was thrilled to announce A Fantastic Woman as the victor, screaming the results into the mic excitedly.
Notably, the film's star, Vega, is herself transgender. The man is Orlando (Francisco Reyes), a business owner and Marina's much older cis boyfriend. Marina, for her part, bears the weight of this historical pain with a level of awareness - never is she shocked by the actions of others, but rather takes the knocks with a kind of tired composure, as someone who has been taught by life that people fear what they don't understand.