Oscars 2016: Alicia Vikander wins best supporting actress

The Danish Girl star beat off competition from Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams and Kate Winslet

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Alicia Vikander has picked up the prize for best supporting actress at tonight’s Academy Awards.

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The 27-year-old Swedish actress won for her role as Gerda in The Danish Girl. She starred alongside last year’s best actor winner Eddie Redmayne, who played Einar Wegener, an artist who underwent one of the first sex-change operations. 

“Thank you so much for this incredible recognition,” Vikander said after picking up her award. “Thank you so much for your support and belief in me.”

She went on to thank her co-star Redmayne as well as her parents “for giving me the belief that anything can happen… even though I never believed this.” 

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Vikander was beat off competition from The Hateful Eight’s Jennifer Jason Leigh, Carol’s Rooney Mara, Spotlight’s Rachel McAdams and Steve Jobs’ Kate Winslet to pick up her first Oscar statuette.