Eddie Redmayne Is a Fan of I Am Cait; Oscar Winner Plays a Transgender Woman …

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Early Oscar buzz is already stirring in Toronto.

After a doozy version of Les Miserable in 2012, director Tom Hooper has once again collaborated with Eddie Redmayne to bring the story of pioneer transgender figure Lili Elbe to the silver screen.”If that was the way the real Lili made sense of it, who are we to say that that is no longer the way someone would talk about it now, and that we should go back into history and change that language?” Eddie Redmayne focused on the history behind his character when preparing for The Danish Girl, in which he portrays Lili Elbe, a transgender woman who lived in Copenhagen in the early 1920s.TORONTO — As is always the case, the screenings of major fall film offerings at the annual Toronto International Film Festival have stirred up early buzz for possible nominations for Oscars and other major prizes in the upcoming “award season.” There will be more, of course, but at this point it looks like — who took home the best actor Oscar for “The Theory of Everything,” a Toronto hit last year — is a front-runner to repeat the feat for the gender-bending “The Danish Girl,” directed by fellow Oscar winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Miserables”).

The British actor, 33, who gained an Academy Award in February for enjoying Stephen Hawking in The Concept of Every part stated Lili Elbe, who he performs in The Danish Woman, was “an icon of the 20th century”. After Elbe died, a book entitled Man Into Woman was published consisting of her manuscripts and letters. “One of the things that’s interesting in Man Into Woman, is that Lili talks about herself in the third person sometimes,” said Redmayne to The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival. All around the festival this past weekend, I heard people referring to Redmayne as being a possibility to “do a Tom Hanks” — a reference to the actor’s back-to-back Oscar wins for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.” However, Redmayne will have some stiff competition, with many assuming Johnny Depp’s performance as Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger in “Black Mass,” Tom Hardy’s portrayal of the vicious 1960s English gangsters the Kray twins in “Legend” and Bryan Cranston’s Dalton Trumbo in the ’50s Hollywood Blacklist film “Trumbo” will also be contenders for many awards this year. Given the increasing discussion surrounding diversity and representation of characters of various communities on screen, was supposed to be the darling of arthouse films and gain the love of audience in equal measures. Also stirring award talk were such very different films as the 1950s-set “Brooklyn” drama about an Irish immigrant girl, starring Saoirse Ronin, and the Mexican drug cartel thriller “Sicario,” toplined by Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.

On top of all that, many people seem to think Sarah Silverman’s amazing dramatic star turn as the tragic, drug and alcohol-addicted suburban mom in “I Smile Back” might bring her some decent award season attention — given this career-changing role is so different from her image as one of our top comedians. But in addition for me it was the love story. “It was like this notion that love should not be restricted to gender, to sexuality, to race, to something.

Hooper added that a radical moment in the film is when the Gerda Wegener (played by Alicia Vikander) character, accepts her husband’s transition: “I think it’s yet another example of how kind of extraordinarily modern Gerda is in her brilliant understanding of the journey.” Benicio del ToroBlack MassBrooklynBryan CranstonEddie RedmayneEmily BluntI Smile BackJohnny DeppJosh BrolinLegendSaoirse RoninSarah SilvermanSicarioThe Danish GirlTom HanksTom HardyTom HooperTrumbo The correctness and careful sensitivity of the film’s approach seem somehow a limitation in an age when countless indie and cable TV projects dealing with thematically related subject matter have led us to expect a little more edge. One, indubitably, would have to be more than colour-blind to not see the kaleidoscope of buzz unfolding for his transgender turn in the Tom Hooper-directed film. I discovered that very inspiring.” Redmayne stated he and the forged and crew spent a yr chatting with transgender individuals forward of the movie, and had been struck by their “generosity and their kindness”.

But if the movie remains safe, there’s no questioning its integrity, or the balance of porcelain vulnerability and strength that Eddie Redmayne brings to the lead role.” Read more “I really liked it. Indeed, as forks clanked on glasses on this night, the die was possibly cast, when Variety magazine editor Claudia Eller – who was co-hosting the one long table, and making a few remarks – said pointedly to both Eddie, and his comely co-star, Alicia Vikander, also seated, “Good luck at the Oscars!” For his part, Eddie shrugs off the O-word.

Terribly personable, bearing that crooked grin that carried him from Eton (where he famously played rugby with Prince William) to the pinnacle of his craft, he did tell me at dinner that the whole thing was pretty surreal last year. Every detail, every costume, every location, every Downton Abbey-ish bit of the score, every scarf-flying-in-the-wind metaphor, and certainly every performance, is note perfect. Sitting across from her at dinner, she seemed almost a little stunned that this film, long, long in gestation – and not hitching itself to any of the hot-topic-ness that Caitlyn Jenner, etc., might apply – was actually out in the world. “I started it when my daughter was 4,” she told me. “Now, she’s 15.” As for Caitlyn – the name that hung in the air as we dug into our steaks – I heard around the table that there are plans to sneak-screen the movie for her, at some point soon. In what is sure to be an Oscar-nominated role (one that could make Redmayne a back-to-back winner), he emanates an emotional urgency in Lili with a potent mix of confusion, pain and longing that oozes from his every mannerism.

Meanwhile: While Bryan Cranston and Elle Fanning filled different parts of the room at the Hudson’s Bay-hosted after-party for Trumbo, held the other night at Montecito, I sidled up to the film’s director, Jay Roach. Topic A: notorious gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, played in the Hollywood blacklist-era film with hard-headed cunningness by Helen Mirren. “She was all powerful,” Roach said. “It’s hard to even think of someone now who has her power.” Indeed, with a reach of more than 30 million, with her syndicated column, as well as her regular radio show, she could make or break careers. Mirren herself put it this way in a recent interview: “She was like Twitter, Facebook, Maureen Dowd, the film critics – in one!” I’d add Oprah too.

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