The Women Of 'Tangerine' Could Be The First Trans Oscar Nominees

'Bout damn time.

By Eric Shorey

Jared Leto may have won an Oscar for playing a trans woman in Dallas Buyers Club but an actual trans woman has never even been nominated for the prestigious award. Could this be the year that that changes?

If rumors about the film Tangerine are to be believed, it looks like its leading ladies Kitana Rodriguez and Mya Taylor are to be considered for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards!

Tangerine debuted in the summer of 2015 to almost universal critical approval. The film humorously depicts the struggles of transgender sexworkers and cast actual transgender women for the lead roles. With almost no production budget, the movie (produced by the Duplass Brothers) was shot entirely on iPhones.

The Duplass Brothers themselves, along with production company Magnolia Films, had started an apparently-successful campaign to get the movie noticed by the academy earlier in the year.

"One thing that has become apparent to us as we look at this stuff, it seems that the TV Academy has embraced what’s happening in the trans movement with Transparent and Orange is the New Black," said Mark Duplass. "We feel that the film Academy is a little behind on that front."

The rumor comes by way of an anonymous tipster over at Slate, where it was suggested that "Given that this is a precedent-setting situation, no official policy has been drafted. Nevertheless, the source confirmed that trans women will indeed count as women during the nomination process."

You can check out the trailer for Tangerine, below!

h/t: The Verge


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