Some are already predicting Eddie Redmayne could have repeat Oscar success with this year’s The Danish Girl. After making its worldwide debut at the Venice Film Festival, the Tom Hooper film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday night, where it became hard for critics to avoid awards chatter.
Early reactions focused on the performances of Redmayne and his costar, Alicia Vikander. “You’re about to hear a lot about Eddie Redmayne’s performance in The Danish Girl. And rightly so. Like his transformation into Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, it’s brilliant. But the film belongs just as much to Alicia Vikander, who is really stunning and extraordinary,” EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote in his positive review. Others also praised the leads, including The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, who wrote how Redmayne could become the first performer since Tom Hanks to win Oscars in consecutive years.
The Danish Girl stars Redmayne as artist Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender confirmation surgery, while Vikander plays her wife, Gerda Wegener.
The film will hit theaters on Nov. 27, and you can read more early reactions from TIFF below.