Transgender Actress on Oscar First: 'Thank You for This Moment'

Daniela Vega is award show's first openly transgender presenter
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2018 9:19 PM CST
Transgender Actress Marks an Oscar First
Daniela Vega introduces a performance by Sufjan Stevens at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Chile's A Fantastic Woman won best foreign language film at the Oscars Sunday night, and its star, Daniela Vega, made her own mark on the Dolby Theatre stage. Per the New York Daily News, the 28-year-old actress became the first transgender presenter at the Oscars, introducing Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent as they performed "Mystery of Love" from Call Me by Your Name. Vega appreciated the warm welcome she received from the Oscars crowd. "Thank you. Thank you so much for this moment," she said, per E! Online. "I want to invite you to open your heart and your feelings to feel the reality. To feel love. Can you feel it?" (Read more Oscars stories.)

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