Caitlyn Jenner Shows Her Support for ‘Tangerine’s’ Oscar Campaign for Mya Taylor
The Olympian and reality TV star hosted a special screening of Tangerine at the Landmark in Los Angeles last night in support of Taylor, the star of Sean Baker’s indie film, and the first-ever Oscar campaign for trans actresses.
“I learned so much from this film… For me it was brutally honest,” Jenner said last night. “Stories like this are nothing but good for our community.”
The I Am Cait star added, “This was a real movie about real issues in our community. We need to expose those.”
She also spoke about the isolation she felt before coming out, and how she wants to make a difference for others:
After the last nine months that I have been ‘out,’ I have learned so much about this community. I was totally isolated. I obviously couldn’t ‘out’ myself for so many years, and then I got to a point in my life where I really felt like I really had to live my life authentically, and as who I was, and maybe by doing that I could make a difference, but this is a process of education.
We have a lot of momentum in the trans community, but we have to keep that momentum going. We have to bring this in front of the public.
Jenner told Variety at the screening that she hopes the film will create a greater awareness of issues in the transgender community like suicide, homelessness, healthcare, proper identification and being the victims of crime. She explained, “I want to see more understanding. I want to see the whole movement move forward. The movie brought to light the biggest issue in our community which is trans women of color.”
Taylor, who won a Gotham Award for breakthrough actor/actress, is also nominated for best supporting actress at the Independent Spirit Awards.
In addition to Taylor, Magnolia Pictures is also campaigning for Kiki Kitana Rodriguez in the best actress category for the 2016 Academy Awards.
Tangerine premiered to near-universal acclaim and boasts a 96% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was shot entirely with iPhone 5S cameras, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015. The comedy is about the friendship and (mis)adventures of two transgender prostitutes (Rodriguez and Taylor) on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles.