ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Three years ago, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander attended the Golden Globe Awards to support a Danish film she starred in called A Royal Affair, which had been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. “I was walking around inside there on tiptoes,” Vikander says. “It was beyond my wildest dreams. Just to get a peek behind the curtain was a memory for life. It was something I could tell my grandkids.”
But Vikander’s future grandchildren will be hearing a lot more than that. This morning, Vikander become one of the rare performers to be nominated for two Golden Globes in the same year. She’s competing in the Supporting Actress category for her role as Ava, a humanoid robot in the sci-fi sleeper hit Ex Machina. And she’s in the Lead Actress (Drama) lineup for The Danish Girl, in which she plays Gerda, the supportive wife of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne).
Vikander had just finished a press roundtable in Berlin when she heard the news. To say that she was stunned would be an understatement. On the phone, her voice is still trembling. “I heard the news that I’d been nominated and I freaked out,” she says. “And then a little while later I heard the news again and I couldn’t even freak out. I was too overwhelmed. I just didn’t know what to do. I just got off the phone with my parents. It’s crazy, really.”
The actress is most appreciative to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, hosts of the Golden Globes, for honoring two completely different genres of films. She’s already won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for her performance in Ex Machina (directed by 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland), but Vikander understands that small science-fiction films are not always the easiest sell. “When we got American distribution, that was a huge thing. I remember how we celebrated. I’m so proud for the film. We were at the British Independent Film Awards last week and Alex won for directing and writing. I was in the back waving my arms like crazy.”