Alicia Vikander swept into Hollywood to do a round of interviews just ahead of the Screen Actors Guild nominations deadline. Sure enough, she landed a SAG supporting actress nomination for “The Danish Girl,” to which she added an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress Thursday morning. (She was also double-nominated by both the Golden Globes and BAFTA for “The Danish Girl” and Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina.”)
Not since Ingrid Bergman’s 1939 debut in “Intermezzo” has a young Swedish actress made such a splashy transition from her native cinema. (Vikander impersonates Bergman as she reads her letters in recent documentary “In Her Own Words.”) In this case, Vikander, age 27, stars in not one but three critically-hailed 2015 films—out of seven releases in the last two years.
A trained ballerina who opted to act professionally instead of dance, Vikander stars in Tom Hooper’s well-made and timely true story “The Danish Girl,” in the pivotal role of Gerda, who navigates her husband’s confusing, exhilarating and painful transition from Einar to Lily (Eddie Redmayne). Hooper’s glossily beautiful movie about two gifted painters also received Oscar nods for Actor (Redmayne), Costume Design, and Production Design.
Earlier in the year, Vikander starred in two British films, Alex Garland’s sci-fier “Ex Machina,” in which she stars as a sexy humanoid robot, and “Testament of Youth,” which she ably carries as an English gentlewoman who marries a young soldier (Kit Harrington) on the eve of World War I, and then travels to Europe to serve as a nurse, witnessing the hideous ravages of war.
Fluent in English, Vikander has the determination and discipline of a dancer, convincing her directors that she can do anything, including learning Danish for 2012 Oscar entry “A Royal Affair.” Vikander is up for a range of roles in Hollywood. She has filmed such big-budget adventures as “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and Sergei Bodrov’s 18th century “The Seventh Son,” as well as two Weinstein Co. films, “Burnt,” opposite Bradley Cooper, and the upcoming period romantic triangle “Tulip Fever,” set in Holland, opposite Dane Dehaan and Christoph Waltz. Next up is Derek Cianfrance’s “Light Between the Oceans,” co-starring Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz and Ben Mendelsohn, and Wim Wenders’ “Submergence,” with James McAvoy.