Emma Watson Receives MTV’s First Gender-Neutral Acting Award In Show History

Emma Watson won the Best Actor at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

No, you didn’t misread that. She won “Best Actor” not “Best Actress” for playing Belle in Beauty And The Beast. That is way more important than you might think, and I know that you think it’s already pretty important. It was intentionally kept gender-neutral.

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She was presented this award by Asia Kate Dillon, who plays a gender-nonbinary character known as Taylor on Billions

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Watson is a feminist. She fights for women’s rights and gender equality

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Her acceptance speech was perfect. You can read it here:

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. It says something about how we perceive the human experience. MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different for 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 for me both to be winning the award and to be receiving it from you, Asia. Thank you for educating me in such an inclusive, patient, and loving way.

You get it, girl. There’s a reason why Hollywood and the internet love her so much. She has the brains and the beauty. Despite MTV Movie & TV Awards was the first to make “Best Actor” and “Best actress” genderless… There have been gender-neutral categories before. Young Performer Prize and the Television Critics Association Awards give the gender-neutral Achievement Award.

Nevertheless, history was made that day, and the internet will never forget.

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