Caitlyn Jenner Supports ‘Tangerine’s’ Oscar Campaign for Mya Taylor

Caitlyn Jenner and Mya Taylor Tangerine
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Caitlyn Jenner showed her support for Magnolia’s “Tangerine” and star Mya Taylor in the first-ever Oscar campaign for trans actresses.

“I learned so much from this film… For me it was brutally honest,” Jenner said. “Stories like this are nothing but good for our community.”

The Olympic gold medalist hosted a special screening Monday at the Landmark in Los Angeles. She credited her publicist Alan Nierob with presuading her to support “Tangerine.”

“This was a real movie about real issues in our community,” she said. “We need to expose those.”

Taylor has already won a Gotham Award for breakthrough actor/actress. She’s also nominated for best supporting actress at the Independent Spirit Awards. Magnolia is also campaigning for Kiki Kitana Rodriguez in the best actress category for the 2016 Academy Awards.

The Magnolia Pictures event included a post-screening reception with Jenner, Taylor, executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass and director Sean Baker, who was named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch last year.

“There was that aura about Mya Taylor when I first met her,” Baker said.

“Your performance was magnificent… I’m really, really proud of you,” Jenner said to Taylor.

“Tangerine” was shot entirely with iPhone 5S cameras and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2015. Set in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, it follows the adventure of trans sex worker Sin-Dee (Rodriguez) and her best friend and fellow prostitute Alexandra (Taylor) as they set out to confront Sin-Dee’s cheating pimp boyfriend and his new love interest. Baker and Taylor collaborated together on the story, which Variety‘s Justin Chang called “a work of rueful, matter-of-fact insight and unapologetically wild humor.”

“I’ve had a very sad life,” Taylor said. “The way I get through it is to make fun of it.”

After the screening, Jenner told Variety that she’s supporting the film in the hopes that it will generate greater awareness of transgender issues such as suicide, homelessness, healthcare, proper identification and being the victims of crime.

“I want to see more understanding,” she said. “I want to see the whole movement move forward. The movie brought to light the biggest issue in our community which is trans women of color.”

“Tangerine” had a limited release in July through Magnolia Pictures and has grossed over $700,000. Laverne Cox and Lisa Cholodenko have also hosted screenings for “Tangerine” in the last few months.

Jay Duplass, Mya Taylor, Mark Duplass and Caitlyn Jenner at the “Tangerine” screening
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  1. S. says:

    These are my questions for the Mya Taylor.

    (1.) Mya, do you call your mother, sister, aunt, or grandmother a “fish”? In the movie Tangerine, it’s repeatedly used.
    (2.) Why do transwomen (biological males) refer to the female sex as “fish”? What is it about the female sex and our bodies that makes transwomen (males) refer to us as fish?
    (3.) In the movie Tangerine, do you think transwoman Sin-dee (biological male) should have slapped the “fish” (female) around some more for stealing Chester?
    (4.) In Tangerine, notice the size of the “fish” (female) compared to Sin-dee (male)? Do you think the size of Sin-dee compared to the “fish” (female) was the major reason why Sin-dee could toss the “fish” around.
    (5.) Mya Taylor, would you ever slap, punch, shove, or drag a “fish” down the street? I’ve seen video clips of Tangerine. Mya, you have large male hands and the skeletal structure of a male. So, tell me. What would it take for you to go off on a “fish”?

  2. S. says:

    Why is male on female violence considered something hilarious?

  3. S. says:

    Roger Ebert review calls the male on female violence in Tangerine in which a woman is tossed around and slammed to the ground as “problematic”.

    A human being born male repeatedly calls women “fish”, and participates in a movie where not only violence against a woman is shown over several scenes, it’s portrayed as something hilarious. Indeed, we are all supposed to laugh at the small woman being tossed around like a rag doll. Tranwoman violence directed at females is still male on female violence. Also, women usually don’t call other women “fish”. “Fish” is a derogatory slang word that transwomen use to describe females.

    This is from the Rober Ebert review:

    “…And certain aspects of the story are—as Internet thinkpieces are found of saying—problematic, particularly the violence that Sin-Dee inflicts on Dinah, grabbing and dragging and lifting and even slapping her repeatedly, over the course of several scenes. “Tangerine” treats this action as outrageously funny; it seems to expect us to write it off as, “Well, this is just what would happen in that world,” a valid enough observation, but one that only takes us so far. True, the violence is balanced by subsequent scenes of Sin-Dee and Dinah and eventually Alexandra reaching a kind of understanding, and even displaying tenderness toward each other. But the later scenes don’t cancel out the sour taste left by the earlier ones. This is a case where the problem isn’t what’s being shown, but the film’s evident attitude toward what it’s showing us, at the moment that it’s showing it.”

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      You mean the review from The real Mr. Ebert is now deceased, and probably thankful he didn’t see this load of propagandistic crap.

  4. Dee says:

    If any performers from this movie are considered for Oscar qualification, hopefully it’s on the merits if the performance and not just for the sake of barrier breaking.

  5. Robbie says:

    Wow, am I relieved. I read Variety yesterday and noticed they’d failed to talk about Tangerine getting an Oscar nomination and I thought maybe someone had died (or their check had bounced). Glad to see everything has been restored to normal.

  6. ML says:

    Somehow I doubt if it were Chaz Bono supporting Taylor anyone would care. But since it’s a Man’s Man, it makes the story legitimate since no woman can do being a woman better than a man.

  7. Rodriguez is much more deserving than Taylor.

  8. Meh says:

    Who cares what Bruce Jenner thinks.

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