Emma Watson Wins First-Ever Genderless Acting Award

By: Greg Sacidor

Emma Watson has made history!

Related: WATCH: Emma Watson Sings ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Opening Number

During Sunday’s (May 7) MTV Movie and Television Awards, the 27-year-old actress was awarded the first-ever genderless acting award for her role as Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

“The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience,” Watson said during 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 actress also praised her film Beauty and the Beast for celebrating diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy, and love.

Watson may have gained most of the attention for taking home a genderless acting award, but she was not the only one. 13-year-old actress Mille Bobby Brown won the genderless Best Actor In A TV Show Award for her role in Stranger Things.

MTV’s Best Actor awards mark the first time in awards show history that the award was not defined by gender. Nominees in the movie category were Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen), Hugh Jackman (Logan), James McAvoy (Split) and Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures).  In the television category other nominees included Donald Glover (Atlanta), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), and Mandy Moore (This Is Us).

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