Emma Watson Wins First Ever Gender Neutral MTV Movie Award

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The MTV Movie Awards saw a slew of firsts yesterday evening, including Emma Watson picking up the first ever gender-neutral acting award for her role as Bella in Beauty And The Beast.

Beating stiff competition from Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy to take the prize, she made an emotional speech about what scrapping separate categories for male and female actors actually means.

 “The first acting award… that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience,” she said.

“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.”

Of course, MTV TV & Movie Awards isn’t the first big showbiz event to get rid of gendered categories. The Grammys went neutral in 2011.

Emma returned to the podium a second time during the show to collect the Movie Of The Year award for Beauty And The Beast.

‘Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown also picked up an award for Best Actor In A TV Show. The 13-year-old star labelled her character Eleven a “badass female” as she took the title from Emilia Clarke in ‘Game Of Thrones’ and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in ‘The Walking Dead’.

Meanwhile, actors Jharrel Jerome and Ashton Sanders won the Best Kiss award for their gay scene in Moonlight.

Sanders said: “This award is bigger than Jharrel and I. This represents more than a kiss. This is for those who feel like the others, the misfits – this represents us.”

Jharrel added: “It’s safe to say that it is OK for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box… and do whatever it takes to tell the story and do whatever it takes to make a change.”

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