Author argues that even though this was supposed to be Eddie's moment, Alicia's performance is the real winner here. Highlights:
- "The first publicity still of Redmayne in costume as Elbe — looking not unlike a moodier Jessica Chastain — set the Internet ablaze, with casual and industry pundits alike marking him as a best actor nominee before seeing a single frame of film."
- "The presumption had been that Vikander’s role in “The Danish Girl” [...] was a secondary one. Many actresses have received supporting nominations for picking a character from the “supportive-spouse” pile, often as a kind of running mate for a flashier lead performance; fewer actors have benefited from the same strategy, though that’s the Bechdel-challenged industry for you."
- "Yet the surprise of “The Danish Girl” — and it’s a film of few surprises, taking precisely the decorous, crowd-pleasing approach to tricky subject matter that one would expect from Hooper’s previous work — is that it’s as much Vikander’s showcase as it is Redmayne’s."
- Regardless, Redmayne has topicality on his side and most likely wont be at a disadvanatage, "transgender issues are at peak awareness right now, with names like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox bringing the conversation into the mainstream."
ontd, are you happy to know this film isnt receiving universal acclaim like a certain film forum wanted you to believe it would?