Emma Watson wins first genderless acting prize at MTV Awards

Emma Watson has taken home the first ever acting award that pitted men and women against each other in the same category.

Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson is the most celebrated person in Hollywood today, as the recipient of the first ever gender neutral acting gong at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

That's right, Emma Watson beat out every actor and actress of the big screen, including fellow nominees Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Taraji P Henson, for the top prize.

But that's not the only reason we're celebrating. MTV's new-and-improved Best Actor award also embraces a world in which gender is no longer black and white - a fact which made its first recipient very proud.

"Firstly, 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 sex says something about how we perceive the human experience," the 27-year-old actress said in her acceptance speech.

"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."


The monumental decision to merge the Best Actor and Actress award categories came after gender non-binary actor, Asia Kate Dillon, campaigned to recognise all genders equally at the event. Emma also thanked Asia for her work during the speech.

"This is very meaningful to me. Both to be winning the award and to be receiving it from you, Asia [Kate Dillon]," Emma gushed. "Thank you for educating me in such an inclusive, patient, and loving way."

With categories like Best Writer and Director not receiving separate gender treatments, the call for the acting awards to follow suit has long been on the table. 

While the MTV Awards is the first major ceremony to take the plunge, we wonder if the Academy Awards are far behind?

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