Caitlyn Jenner is endorsing Mya Taylor in the Best Supporting Actress category in the movie Tangerine for the Oscars 2016.
Caitlyn Jenner became one of the most influential people this past year when she not only went through a sex change surgery but also came out to the world as a transgender woman and has been actively supporting the transgender community ever since.
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It was a great year for the transgender community as well and it was a great time for brothers Mark and Jay Duplass to shoot and release the transgender centric movie Tangerine.
Tangerine is the movie about two transgender sex workers starring Mya Taylor and Kitana "Kiki" Rodriguez. The entire film is entirely shot on iPhones.
This movie features the story of Alexandra, an LA-area sex worker. Alexandra's best friend Sin-Dee is released from prison and returns to their block and enlists her help in getting to the bottom of a scandalous rumor on Christmas Eve.
The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It was released by Magnolia in July and currently has a 96% favourable rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
Taylor has already won acclaim and the best breakthrough actor/actress Gotham Award on Nov. 30. The San Francisco Film Critics Circle's best supporting actress prize on Dec. 13. She also is nominated for best supporting actress at the Independent Spirit Awards.
With the film doing so well, the Magnolia studios decided to endorse the movie for an Oscar nomination. The best person to get on board the campaign was the world’s most famous transgender herself, Caitlyn Jenner.
On the evening of Jan. 4, Magnolia Pictures event will be holding an event at Los Angeles’ Landmark Theatre which will include a post-screening reception with appearances by Jenner, Taylor, executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass and Baker.
According to THR, Jenner will host a screening for Academy members hoping to convince them that Taylor is a worthy candidate. Although the Academy members are an older and conservative group of people, Caitlyn is hopeful that Taylor’s performance will melt their hearts.
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The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.