Detailing the life and loves of the first individual known to undergo gender affirmation surgery, Focus Features’ The Danish Girl vaults right into the Oscar race in a year that has seen transgender issues scale new heights in our culture. Talking to director Tom Hooper, screenwriter Lucinda Coxon and producer Anne Harrison after our packed November 19 AwardsLine screening of the film, the connection between the realities and politics of the early 20th century depicted in the film and today became even more poignant – as you can see and hear for yourself by clicking on the video above of part of our panel discussion.

Starring Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe and Alicia Viklander as Gerda Wegener, The Danish Girl details the real-life artistic couple’s marriage. The film also takes viewers on a journey through the Oscar winner’s transformation on many levels from male Einar Wegener to female Lili — and the consequences that brings.

In a movie that took more than a decade to reach the big screen, the film from The King’s Speech and 2012’s Les Misérables director Hooper is based on David Ebershoff’s 2000 novel of the same name. It hits theaters in limited release on November 27.