January 30, 2016 08:50 PM

A supporting role led Alicia Vikander to center stage at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Jeremy Renner presented The Danish Girl star with the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role on Saturday night.

The actress, who plays the wife of a transgender woman portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, spoke of her chemistry with the actor.

“My mom’s an actress so I used to go and watch her on stage at the theater, and I loved to watch her rehearse,” she said. “I was always, I think the most captivated by what I saw … I saw a sudden thrill, an excitement of a collaboration and exchange of camaraderie between actors by fellow actors. And I learned then, and I know still, that acting is not a bubble, that magic only happens between acting companions.”

In addition to Redmayne, the breakout star went on to thank the cast and crew, her family and the transgender community.

“To everyone involved that helped me from the transgender community and their friends and loved ones, I couldn’t have done this role without you guys, so thank you so much,” she said.

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Later backstage, an emotional Vikander spoke about how she felt winning the award.

“I feel like I’m flying. I don’t really know what is happening. I watched from Sweden YouTube clips and TV shows of these awards … and to be up there on that stage was …,” she said, trailing off as she teared up. “Thank you.”

Lifting her trophy, she noted, “He’s so pretty and so skinny … yet so heavy. So odd!”

Vikander was up against Carol‘s Rooney Mara, Spotlight‘s Rachel McAdams, Trumbo‘s Helen Mirren and Steve Jobs‘s Kate Winslet.

With reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ

The 22nd annual SAG Awards are being presented live and airing on both TNT and TBS.

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