Emma Watson wins first gender neutral award at MTV Movie and TV Awards
Emma Watson has made history as the winner of the first ever gender neutral award for Best Actor.
The MTV Movie and TV Awards aired last night and the Harry Potter actress won an award especially close to her own heart. Having established herself as one of the most prominent feminist ambassadors over the last few years, Emma has now fittingly received the first ever gender neutral prize.
Up against Split‘s James McAvoy, Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya, Logan‘s Hugh Jackman, Hidden Figures‘ Taraji P. Henson and The Edge of Seventeen‘s Hailee Steinfeld, Emma won the award for Best Actor in a Movie for her portrayal of Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
Accepting her gong from Asia Kate Dillon, who plays TV’s first ever gender non-binary character in Billions, Emma said: “The first acting award that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience.
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“MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone.
“But to me it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories.
“Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits. This is very meaningful to me.”
The network revealed the MTV Movie and TV Awards nominations at the beginning of April, unveiling the exciting news that they would also be dropping the traditional male and female acting categories this year. The change was a significant step for the entertainment industry’s awarding system, which usually relies on these conventions and divisions for the distribution of prizes.
“It felt right for the National Television Awards to make the change,” said spokesperson Kim Turbeville.
“A great performance is great regardless of gender and we think that dropping the male/female division has made the drama performance category more exciting.”