Alicia Vikander bags her first Oscar for ‘The Danish Girl’

Los Angeles, Feb 29 (IANS) Swedish actress Alicia Vikander won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her role in “The Danish Girl” at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre here, on Sunday.

This is the first Academy Award nomination and win for Vikander, who plays Gerda — a painter in the 1920s who wrestles with her course of action when her husband reveals his desire to live as a woman in the Tom Hooper directorial.

Vikander, dressed in a yellow strapless gown for the event, defeated Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).

At the awards ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock, “Spotlight” was named Best Original Screenplay.

The film’s screenplay beat out films like “Bridge of Spies”, “Ex Machina”, “Inside Out”, and “Straight Outta Compton”.

“The Big Short”, on the other hand, bagged the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. The script bested those from “Room”, “The Martian”, “Brooklyn” and “Carol”.

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