Oscars 2016: Alicia Vikander wins Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl

This is her first nomination and first win at the Academy Awards

Clarisse Loughrey
Monday 29 February 2016 03:30

Alicia Vikander has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in The Danish Girl.

This is her very first nomination and first win; following on from a spectacular year in film, with further roles in Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Burnt.

"Thank you for being the best acting partner," she said during her acceptance speech, gesturing to co-star Eddie Redmayne. "I couldn't have done it without you, you raised my game."

She also gave thanks to her parents, "for giving me the belief that anything can happen. Even though I never would have believed this."

This proved one of the night's more surprising wins; with heavy contender Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs previously picking up the BAFTA in the same category.

It also went to show that supposed accusations of "category fraud", in which many deemed Vikander's performance in The Danish Girl a leading role rather than supporting, do not appear to be a barrier to the Oscar.

She also beat out Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight, Rachel McAdams for Spotlight, and Rooney Mara for Carol.

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