Taylor won Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her role in Tangerine, making her the first transgender person ever to win a Film Independent Spirit Award.
“I knew that I was telling the truth about this area and how it really was,” she said of the film, which tells the story of two transgender sex worker – played by Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, who was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award – who discovers her boyfriend cheated on her while she was in jail. Taylor plays her level-headed best friend, who has a secret of her own. Some of the film’s story was based on Taylor’s own experiences as a sex worker prior to acting. […]
The actress is set to follow Tangerine with an on-screen portrayal of transgender rights pioneer, Marsha P. Johnson, in the short film, Happy Birthday, Marsha!
Taylor closed her speech with a call to filmmakers. “There is transgender talent. There’s very beautiful transgender talent. You better get out there and put it in your next movie.”
Tonight’s Oscars are very white, straight and cisgender – here’s an incredible actress from a powerful movie showing that there is so much more talent out there than what gets the most credit. Congratulations, Mya. Well deserved.