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Transgender Oscar Nominee Anohni Explained Why She Will Not Be Attending in a Powerful Essay

Anohni, a Mercury Award-winning artist and environmental activist also known as Antony Hegarty, is the second openly transgender person to have ever been nominated for an Academy Award. But unlike three nominees in her category, Best Original Song, she—along with South Korean nominee Sumi Jo—were not invited to…

Antony Hegarty Is the First Trans Person to Be Nominated for an Academy Award

The 2016 Academy Award nominations didn’t have to be so white, straight, and boring. Tangerine, Straight Outta Compton, The Danish Girl, and Carol—four films with major buzz—all had the potential to diversify the kinds of stories recognized by Hollywood’s most prestigious honor. While none of these films received any…

The Danish Girl Tests the Bounds of Gender, But Does Not Break Them

Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl is blatant Oscar bait and it knows it. Telling the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to ever undergo gender confirmation surgery (as far as we know), it taps into the hot-button issue of trans rights while giving Academy voters exactly what they want: beautiful scenery, swelling…

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