Emma Watson, the British actress picked up the first Genderless Acting Award for the Best Actor category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards for her latest fantasy movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’. This is the first ever award which does not bias between male and female nominees, creating a history.
Watson’s performance in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast won her the gong for best actor in a movie, a category that featured both male and female nominees. The British actress beat male performers including Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy to the award, which was presented by gender-neutral non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon.
After collecting the award, in Emma’s acceptance speech described the award to be very ‘meaningful’ and she praised MTV for making their awards genderless. In the speech, Emma says, “I feel I have to say something about the award itself. The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their gender says something about how we perceive the human experience. 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.”
Another British TV actress, Millie Bobby Brown celebrated her character Eleven in Stranger Things as a ‘badass’ female as she was awarded with the Best Actor in Television Show category. The 13-year-old Briton beat competition from Emilia Clarke in Game Of Thrones and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Walking Dead. She thanked family, friends and colleagues on the Netflix show including creators Matt and Ross Duffer.
The genderless awards are an initiative by MTV which does not bias between actors on the basis of their genders and there are no separate nominations for male and female actors. This is the first-of-its-kind award and Emma Watson embarked in history for being the first person to receive the gender-neutral award.