A new trailer has premiered for “The Danish Girl,” this season’s Oscar hopeful that stars last year’s Best Actor champ Eddie Redmayne as a pioneering transgender woman and Alicia Vikander as her wife before her transition. It’s helmed by another Oscar-winner, Tom Hooper, who prevailed for “The King’s Speech” in 2010 and directed Remayne in the 2012 movie musical “Les Miserables.” Will they both return to the Oscar podium?
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Eddie Redmayne has the chance to make Oscar history with his role. He could become the first actor in more than two decades to win back-to-back Oscars. The last to accomplish that feat was Tom Hanks in 1993 (“Philadelphia”) and 1994 (“Forrest Gump”). He joined just four others in Oscar history to have ever pulled off that double play: Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Katharine Hepburn and Jason Robards. Will Redmayne soon be part of that elite company?
After all, playing such a physically and emotionally transformative role often resonates with voters. Linda Hunt won Best Supporting Actress as a man in “The Year of Living Dangerously” (1983). Hilary Swank won the first of her two Oscars laying a transgender man in “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999). And mosdt recently, Glenn Close earned an Oscar bid crossing the gender line as the title character in “Albert Nobbs.” (See more examples in our photo gallery below, or click here.)
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Photo: Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl.” Credit: REX