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A Short History of the Oscars and Cross-Gender Performances

25 February 2016 10:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Sunday, movie fans will find out if Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor for his performance as trans woman Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. Should Redmayne be victorious, he'd not only score back-to-back Oscars but he would also become the latest in a long line of actors who have courted Oscar attention by playing the opposite sex, playing a trans person or in some other way playing a character whose gender differs than the one of which the actors themselves identify. Not that it comes without some criticism, of course. Also up for an Oscar this year is the »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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