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Mya Taylor becomes first transgender actress to win major movie award

Taylor used her speech to encourage filmmakers to cast more transgender talent in their movies.

Actress Mya Taylor speaks onstage during the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. Picture: AFP.
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NEW YORK - For the first time in cinema history, a transgender actress has won a major movie award after the Film Independent Spirit Awards honoured Mya Taylor with the best supporting actress at last night’s ceremony.

The Spirit Awards provided a clear rebuke to the Oscars, which have been criticised for a lack of diversity.

Beasts of No Nation co-stars Idris Elba and Abraham Attah won best actor and best supporting actor respectively.

Taylor, who won for Tangerine, used her speech to encourage filmmakers to cast more transgender talent in their movies.

The newsroom drama, Spotlight was the big winner, picking up best feature and it will compete for the best picture at the Oscars tonight.

At the same time, eight films will vie for best picture at tonight's Oscars Awards ceremony but critics and film pundits are predicting it’s really just a three horse race.

The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre.

By now, the Oscar race should have been narrowed down to a frontrunner or two, but the best picture category has been split into a three films to keep an eye on.


Spotlight, The Revenant and The Big Short have all won Guild prizes which are usually a good indicator of success at the Oscars.

But one thing seems certain for sure, Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s been nominated six times will finally take home a little gold man.

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated director George Miller has given his wife credit for the success of his film Mad Max: Fury Road.

Miller’s film is a strong contender for a number of categories at this evening’s ceremony, including best picture.

Miller says Mad Max: Fury Road was a giant puzzle of 470 hours of footage that only editor Margaret Sixel could ssolve.

“She’s someone with a big brain and she was able to pull it off.”
Sixel, who was born in South Africa but studied in Australia, took two years to cut the film down to 120 minutes.

The film also stars South African-born actress Charlize Theron.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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