By Ariana Bacle
February 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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Alicia Vikander capped off her breakout 2015 with an Oscar in 2016. The actress won best supporting actress at Sunday’s Academy Awards for her performance in The Danish Girl. This was her first Oscar nomination and first win.

“Wow, thank you so much. I share this with our fabulous crew and cast,” Vikander said. She shouted out costar Eddie Redmayne as well during her speech, calling him a fantastic acting partner.

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Backstage, Vikander said she hopes The Danish Girl — based on the life of transgender woman Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of gender confirmation surgery — will inspire social change. “I came on this film only two years ago, and I know that this was not an easy film to get made, and it’s been almost 15 years that one of our producers has worked on it,” she said. “To see the cultural change with just me over the year since I actually finished the film with… Caitlin Jenner and with Transparent and Tangerine, it’s like a social change. I just wish that in the same way that this film has been so educational for me… I hope that it can open up an even wider conversation.”

Prior to The Danish Girl, the Swedish-born actress appeared in period dramas like A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina  — two films that caught Danish Girl director Tom Hooper’s eye.

“There’s something about her training a dancer,” Hooper previously told EW. “She can have this aura of rigor and toughness. She has a wonderful strength to her.”

Earlier this awards season, Vikander nabbed Golden Globe nominations for both The Danish Girl and her other star-making role in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. (She also appeared in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) Vikander is next starring in Jason Bourne and The Light Between Oceans, both out later this year.

Additional reporting by Marc Snetiker.

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