A Trans Latina Actress Made Academy Awards History At Last Night’s Oscars

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Chilean actress Daniela Vega made history at Sunday’s Oscars when she became the first trans person to present at the coveted award show.

Vega, the star of “A Fantastic Woman,” which picked up an award for “Best Foreign Language Film,” introduced a performance by Sufjan Stevens, whose hit “Mystery of Love” from the “Call Me By Your Name” soundtrack was nominated for best original song.

The 28-year-old up-and-coming actress acknowledged the importance of her presence.

“Thank you so much for this moment,” she said while on stage.

Her historic presentation was accompanied by several other LGBTQ wins, including openly gay screenwriter James Ivory accepting the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Call Me By Your Name;” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” considered a love letter to the queer community, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score and Best Production Design; and trans director Yance Ford’s nomination for Best Documentary Feature for his film “Strong Island.”

In “A Fantastic Woman,” Vega plays a trans opera singer who is mourning the death of her boyfriend. Learn more about the history-making Latina in our video below.

Daniela Vega is breaking barriers!

Daniela Vega is breaking barriers! She is the first openly transgender person to present at the Oscars.

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