Daniela Vega became the first openly transgender person to present at the Academy Awards on Sunday. 

"Thank you, thank you so much for this moment. I want to invite you to open your heart and your feelings to feel the reality and to feel love. Can you feel it?" Vega said. 


The Chilean actress introduced Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent, performing “Mystery of Love” from the Oscar-nominated film “Call Me By Your Name" at the 90th annual Academy Awards. 

Vega stars in "A Fantastic Woman," which tells the story of a transgender singer facing discrimination. 

The film won the award for best foreign language film on Sunday. 

Vega told the Los Angeles Times that the political and social attitudes toward the transgender community are similar in the U.S. and Chile.  

“The political and social situation isn't that much different in Chile than it is (in the U.S.), in that there is a weird feeling when it comes to transgender people in general," Vega said. 

"We’re fighting for liberty, to be heard. I see the world is trying to change fast, but in some areas, that change is being blocked," she said.