Can Eddie Redmayne Oscar repeat?

Watching the trailer for The Danish Girl, you have to think he’s got a shot. He’s the current reigning Best Actor for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. And he appears to give a similarly transformational performance in The Danish Girl as one of the first men to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

The film, directed by The King Speech’s Tom Hooper, is one of the big premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this month and an early Oscar contender. Here’s the full plot synopsis, from the TIFF website:

Sumptuously photographed, The Danish Girl is set in Copenhagen in the 1920s and focuses almost entirely on a free-spirited couple, both of them painters — he of delicate landscapes, she of portraits. Einar (Eddie Redmayne), has just had a successful gallery show, but Gerda (Alicia Vikander) struggles to gain attention for her work. One day, Gerda asks her husband to stand in for a female model so she can complete her latest painting. Einar is overwhelmed by the experience of putting on beautiful, feminine clothes, and soon it turns into a quiet obsession. As Einar gradually rediscovers himself, Gerda's paintings of him as a woman begin to attract serious attention. Gerda balances Einar's transformation with her new-found acclaim. Einar, meanwhile, finds it impossible to put the genie back in the bottle.

It’s a handsome movie, and Redmayne and Vikander look like a strong pairing. My one gripe: It sure looks like this trailer away gives away the film’s entire plot. To a certain extent, I feel like I saw the entire thing in just 150 seconds! All that I’m really curious about at this point is Redmayne’s performance, and whether it will be good enough to snag him that second Oscar. The Danish Girl opens in theaters on November 27.

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