The Trans-Role that May Earn Eddie Redmayne His Second Consecutive Oscar

Not since Tom Hanks in the 1990s has an actor won two consecutive Best Actor Oscars, but that’s not stopping Eddie Redmayne from trying his hand at it. After his sensational transformation into the speech-challenged, wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, which won him Oscar #1, the gutsy ginger undergoes a much different, but no less sensational transformation for possible Oscar #2.


He plays Lili Elbe (born Einar Wegener) — the trailblazing transgender artist of the Art Deco era — in The Danish Girl, directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables). Lili’s artist wife, Gerda Gottlieb, supported the secret transition, one of the first-known such operations, and painted numerous portraits of her erstwhile husband in flouncy dresses and female accoutrements. Correctly, the film appears to portray their relationship in love-story terms.


Watch the just-released trailer…


Einar Wegener before becoming Lili Elbe


Einar Wegener before becoming Lili Elbe


Lili Elbe (left) with unidentified men


Lili Elbe (right) with unidentified man


Lili Elbe


Lili Elbe


Lili Elbe (left) with unidentified woman


Lili Elbe


Lili Elbe


Lili Elbe by her wife Gerda Gottlieb


Lili Elbe by her wife Gerda Gottlieb


Lili Elbe by her wife Gerda Gottlieb

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Lili Elbe by her wife Gerda Gottlieb


Lili Elbe and Gerda Gottlieb by Gerda Gottlieb


Lili Elbe and Gerda Gottlieb by Gerda Gottlieb


Lili Elbe and Gerda Gottlieb by Gerda Gottlieb


Lili Elbe and Gerda Gottlieb by Gerda Gottlieb


Lili Elbe and Gerda Gottlieb by Gerda Gottlieb

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