Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl. This comes after an amazing twelve months for Vikander, who has been seen in Ex Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E and has The Light Between Oceans about to be released.
This is the third award Vikander has picked up for her role in The Danish Girl; having won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics Choice Award for her role as Gerda Wegener, who is married to Einar Wegener – the Danish artist who went on to live life as a woman named Lili Elbe.
Vikander, whose mother is an actress, got her start acting on stage as a child in Sweden. She then trained as a ballet dancer for ten years before being sidelined by injuries and turning back to acting. In an interview she did with The Guardian shortly after winning the Oscar, she stated
[divider] We have decided to take a look back at Alicia Vikander in her native Scandinavian movies:
I never thought that I’d do films in English. I thought if I could continue to work that would be great!
Erika (Vikander) has it all: a good job, lots of friends and a secure relationship. Until the day it all falls apart. Suddenly this perfect life means nothing, and the feelings she once was able to control are no longer within reach. She starts going to group therapy and meets other people suffering from various forms of trauma. One day Erika and this eclectic group of four people decide to take matters into their own hands and heads off together in search of a way out. They start checking into hotels – a place of complete anonymity where one can wake up as a different person.
A Royal Affair (2012)
A young queen (Vikander), who is married to an insane king (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard), falls secretly in love with her physician (Mads Mikkelsen) – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
The Crown Jewels (2011)
Fragancia (Vikander) is arrested for the attempted murder of Richard Persson, the son of a powerful factory owner. During the interrogation her amazing and remarkable life story is revealed. We follow her through her impoverished childhood, her adolescence where she meets the great love of her life, ice hockey star Petterson-Jonsson and the lead up to the fatal night where the story begins.
Katarina (Vikander) is 20 years old. With a troubled past in a dreary suburb, her life seems to be already set in stone – until she discovers music. Everything changes when she hears a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the Gothenburg Concert Hall that sends her reeling and opens up a beautiful new world. She feels that she has to change her life and get as far away from her ugly reality as possible. But the path she has to follow proves a treacherous one, filled with lies, betrayal and a dangerous liaison with the married conductor Adam. Yet Katarina is ready to do anything to gain her new identity.