Oscars 2018: Transgender drama ‘A Fantastic Woman’ gets nomination

The 90th Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday and the transgender drama was nominated.

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel March 4 on ABC.


The Chilean entry “A Fantastic Woman,” starring trans actor Daniela Vega, is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Vega plays Marina Vidal, a transgender singer facing scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Vega said, “The fact that I am trans provides the script and narrative with a higher level of truth. But, more importantly, it opens a door into the movie world that had never been explored before, because I am a trans actress playing a trans woman.”

Daniela Vega stars in the transgender drama-romance “A Fantastic Woman,” which is nominated for Best Foreign Film. Photo: Sony Pictures Classics.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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