Alicia Vikander has won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for playing the supportive wife of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.
“Thank you to my fellow actors, to my friends to my peers … this is the highest honor,” she said Saturday in her acceptance speech.
She also recognized the film’s cast and crew, including costar Eddie Redmayne, before thanking the transgender community and their friends and loved ones, adding, “I couldn’t have done this role without you guys.”
Vikander played painter Gerda Wegener, who stood by fellow painter Elbe (Redmaybe) as she transitioned and underwent gender confirmation surgery in the 1920s.
“Lili was a pioneer of her times 100 years ago. But I’m so fortunate to have made this movie and realized that what Lili was going through, with Gerda at her side, is still the reality,” Vikander told EW in December. “To see that there’s been a cultural change, with all the wonderful work from Tangerine to Transparent and on social media with the acceptance of Caitlyn Jenner, I’m just so privileged to be a part of it.”
This was Vikander’s first SAG Awards nomination, and win. She is also nominated for The Danish Girl in the Best Supporting Actress category at next month’s Oscars.
Her SAG Awards win Saturday night came over fellow nominees Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Helen Mirren (Trumbo), and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).