Linda Reisman, senior distinguished producer-in-residence at Emerson College, was executive producer of The Danish Girl, which won Alicia Vikander a Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on February 28.
The Danish Girl, directed by Tom Hooper, is loosely based on the lives of artists Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe; Elbe was one of the earliest recipients of sexual confirmation surgery in the 1920s. Vikander won for her role as Wegener.
The film also was nominated for Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Production Design, and Costume Design.
“The team behind The Danish Girl is incredibly honored and gratified to be recognized by our peers in the Academy,” Reisman said in January, when the nominations were announced.
Alumnus Michael Cyril Creighton ’01 played Joe Crowley, a survivor of sexual abuse by a priest, in this year’s Best Picture, Spotlight. The film, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, depicts the Boston Globe’s investigation and the Archdiocese of Boston’s coverup of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and also won for Best Original Screenplay.
Alumna Pamela Abdy ’95 is president of production at New Regency, which produced The Revenant, for which Alejandro Iñárritu won Best Director and Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor. The film also picked up a Best Cinematography Oscar for Emmanuel Lubezki.
Based on real events, The Revenant is the story of a man (DiCaprio) left for dead in the frontier wilderness and his quest to take revenge on the man (Tom Hardy) who betrayed him. It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Hardy.
Arnon Milchan, parent of an Emerson alumnus from the Class of 1994, was a producer of the film.
Emerson parent John Lasseter was the executive producer of Inside Out, which won Best Animated Feature. Inside Out tells the story of a young girl and her personified emotions’ struggle for power. It also was nominated for Best Original Screenplay.