"I can't believe this happened".
"I hope this award, this film, and the awareness it has created, the amplifier that this means, helps to give more relevance to a matter that is urgent, because again, a transgender person is not a class B person".
The winning film tells the story of Marina, a transsexual, who suffers constant attacks and discrimination from society, especially by the relatives of her old and deceased romantic partner. They had shared a protective bubble of bliss and tenderness that is suddenly shattered and Marina's world falls apart. A detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. In his speech, he spoke highly of transgender star Daniela Vega, emphasizing her bravery and phenomenal performance. The Guardian has called the film "a bold and a moving love story".
"I think no one in this world hasn't gone through a transition in their lives, if only from being a baby to a grown-up", Vega said previous year at the Berlin film festival, where the film directed by Chile's Sebastian Lelio won best screenplay honours. But Vega still made history on Sunday night as the first out trans presenter in the history of the Academy. He initially started working with Vega as a consultant for the film but in the process of honing the script together, Lelio realized his adviser was his star.
He also thanked Daniela Vega for being "the inspiration for this movie".
Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev's film had been the year's favorite foreign language movie competing with motion pictures from Chile, Lebanon, Hungary and Sweden.
Moreno received a standing ovation when she took the stage.
"Film should ask questions rather than deliver answers; the main goal is to shed light on something", said Lelio, who earned global acclaim for Gloria (2013), another film centered on a woman in crisis.