Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 'Fantastic' lives up to its billing
Daniela Vega is quietly shattering in "A Fantastic Woman," a subtle, timely film that takes on complex issues of love, loss and gender identity.
The title of the impressive Chilean film "A Fantastic Woman," an Oscar nominee in the foreign-language category, refers to the main character, Marina Vidal, a young trans woman who refuses to stay silent in the face of relentless attacks from her lover's disgusted ex-wife and family.
But it also could be applied to Daniela Vega, the young trans actress who inhabits Marina's story with a stunning sense of self-assuredness and strength that belies her rather scant résumé.
Boseman, Haddish, Gerwig, Nanjiani among Oscars presenters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, "Girls Trip" breakout star Tiffany Haddish, "Lady Bird" author Greta Gerwig and "The Big Sick" co-writer and actor Kumail Nanjiani are set to appear at the 90th annual Academy Awards.
Producers of next month's telecast announced the show's first round of presenters on Friday.
Review: A star is born in Oscar-nominee ‘A Fantastic Woman’
The lead character of Sebastian Lelio's film "A Fantastic Woman " is named Marina. She is a nightclub singer and a waitress. She has a boyfriend, Orlando, who is much older than her, but that matters little. They are clearly smitten with one another and in that post-honeymoon phase of the relationship where things are still passionate, but also calm and comforting. They're planning a trip together. She's moving in. Life is moving along nicely it seems.
Oscars make history, quietly, with transgender nominees
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar nods for women and minorities drew many of the headlines in Tuesday's nominations, but this year's Academy Awards also mark a breakthrough for transgender filmmakers.
Yance Ford, the director of the documentary "Strong Island" and a trans man, became the first transgender filmmaker nominated for an Oscar. His film, a Netflix release about Ford's investigation into his brother's 1992 murder, was nominated for best documentary.
Chilean transgender drama up for foreign language Oscar
LONDON (AP) — Lebanon's first Academy Award-nominated movie and a landmark Chilean drama with a transgender star are among five Oscar contenders announced Tuesday for best foreign language film.