The MTV Movie & TV Awards has become the first awards ceremony to create gender-neutral categories. The Best Actor In A Movie Award was presented to Emma Watson on Sunday night in Los Angeles, for her role as Belle in Disney’s updated version of the classic fairytale Beauty and The Beast. Emma beat male performers Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy to the award. It was presented to Emma by gender-neutral non binary actor Asia Kate Dillon, star of Showtime’s drama series Billions, who doesn’t identify with either gender.
As an advocate for equality, Emma gave an empowering acceptance speech saying “MTV’s move to create a genderless award 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 second gender neutral award of the evening went to Millie Bobby Brown who took home the gong for Best Actor In A TV Show for her role in Netflix’s hit Stranger Things.
Whilst I am all for encouraging inclusion and equality, I am not sure this is the right way to go about it. In a very much male dominated world, and one could argue, male dominated entertainment industry, this could result in less women being recognised for their ability.
I think we need to ensure women are fairly represented across the entertainment industry before gender-neutral awards are rolled out across the main.
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