Monday, May 27, 2024

First trans woman to win Cannes Award Best Actress

The Cannes Film Festival has awarded Best Actress to the ensemble cast of Emilia Pérez, making actress Karla Sofía Gascón the first trans woman to win the award. The movie is a musical crime comedy written and directed by Jacques Audiard.

Alongside Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldaña and Adriana Paz, Karla Sofía Gascón won the award for the Spanish-language musical about a lawyer (Saldaña) who’s hired to help a cartel leader (Sofía Gascón) escape Mexico to seek gender reassignment surgery.

Sofía Gascón accepted the award on behalf of the four women with an emotional speech, which she dedicated to “all trans people who suffer so much and must keep faith that changing is possible. We all have the opportunity to change for the better, to be better people. If you have made us suffer, it is time for you also to change.” 

Watch Karla Sofia's interview after winning here.


Emilia Pérez's director and cast

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