Caitlyn Jenner is undoubtedly one of the most famous transgender women in the world today, and now, she’s using her fame to support the first-ever Oscar campaign for trans actress Mya Taylor.
Taylor is a supporting actress in Tangerine, a movie shot entirely with an iPhone that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Currently, the film has a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, and its highest praise has been given to Taylor, who plays an LA-area sex worker dealing with her best friend’s scandal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Taylor has already won the best breakthrough actor/actress Gotham Award for her performance, as well as the best supporting actress prize of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and a nomination for best supporting actress at the Independent Spirit Awards in February.
Now, Taylor may very well be in the running for an Oscar. In a little over a week, on the evening of January 4, Jenner will be hosting a screening of Tangerine for Academy members and will also be attending a reception with Taylor and director Sean Baker.
“I live in West Hollywood and I know many trans-advocates and I kind of had a sense that there was something brewing at the time,” Baker told WWD back in July. “But it’s really Caitlyn who’s pushed it into the stratosphere because she’s one of our biggest celebrities transitioning.”
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, it may be quite a feat to get the Academy behind Tangerine, considering “its membership is older and more conservative than many of the other awards groups” — however, it’s certainly possible. “[Taylor is] fabulous,” 89-year-old Marcia Nasatir, a member of the Academy’s executives branch, told the publication. “It was an illumination for me. I was introduced to a world that I had no idea about and it was just an amazing piece of film to see. I was very moved by it.”
The talent is clearly there — and now, with Jenner’s backing, will we see history being made come February? Only time will tell.
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