A Fantastic Woman may have only scored one major nomination at the Oscars this year (Best Foreign Language Film), but the Academy is making up for that in a major way. On March 3, Daniela Vega will become the first trans person to present at the Academy Awards.
The charismatic star of A Fantastic Woman will join a diverse cast of presenters including Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Tiffany Haddish, and Kumail Nanjiani. The #MeToo- and #TimesUp-focused ceremony will also include presenters Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie, and Emma Stone. Tom Holland will also be present.
“Their contributions will make for an unforgettable evening,” said producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, making sure to leave out, “And thank God they’re not Warren Beatty.”
Other notable records this year include Rachel Morrison becoming the first woman ever nominated for cinematography, Jordan Peele becoming the first black person simultaneously nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, and Yance Ford becoming the first trans director nominated for an Oscar (for documentary Strong Island.)
If Daniela Vega had secured an acting nomination, she would have been the first trans person ever nominated for an acting award at the Oscars. Instead, it looks like we’ll have to wait another year for her to bus through — that is, if Peppermint doesn’t get there first.
In other presenting news, Casey Affleck will break tradition and not appear as a presenter this year — despite winning Best Actor at last year’s ceremony. Prior to last year’s Oscars, several women came forward alleging that Affleck abused them physically and emotionally. Truly, if there’s any justice in this world, Affleck won’t even get a goodie bag this year. Or, at least, he’ll get photobombed by Justin Timberlake in all his pictures so that he doesn’t even have any good Instagram material at the end of the night.
The 90th Academy Awards will take place on March 4, 2018, and will air at 8 p.m. ET.