I wonder if come the end of this year, Oscar voters might be kicking themselves. What I mean by that is, if Eddie Redmayne turns out to be nearly as good in The Danish Girl as he was in The Theory of Everything, perhaps they could have given him the Colin Firth routine from a few years back? Essentially, he was nominated for the first time for A Single Man and then won the next year for Tom Hooper‘s The King’s Speech, which wasn’t quite as good a performance but still made for a worthy win. Had the Academy opted to not reward Redmayne a few weeks ago, it’s hardly beyond the realm of possibility that they could have embrace him this time around, ironically also for a performance in a Hooper film. Initially, The Danish Girl was scheduled for 2016, but now reports have it coming out at the tail end of 2015, potentially giving Redmayne his second nod, at the very least. Could that nom turn into a second win? Sure, but it’s far too soon to tell. Certainly, Redmayne playing the first transgender man to undergo a sex change operation is baity, but we’ll have to wait until November to see for ourselves. In the meantime, a bit about the book can be seen below. Stay tuned for much more on The Danish Girl in the months to come.
Here’s the synopsis:
A stunning first novel that probes the mysteries of sex, gender, and love with insight and subtlety.
Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled, and would he mind slipping into a pair of women’s shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time. “Of course,” he answers. “Anything at all.” With that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins.
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