With the success of the new live-action Beauty and the Beast (which we LOVED, by the way, if you couldn’t tell by all of our other articles), it’s no wonder Emma Watson is raking in the awards. And it was no different last night at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Well, actually, it was kinda different…
Last night, Emma took home the award (which was a yummy looking pot of popcorn) for the Best Actor for her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. But this year, organizers of the award ceremony changed the names of their awards. This year, they did away with the typical gender-separated categories and created the first ever gender-neutral award. And Emma Watson bagged the first one.
Watson is known for her tireless campaigns promoting women’s rights and gender equality – so the award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving winner. During her acceptance speech, she said,
The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive human experience… to me it indicated 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.
MTV’s decision to remove the special gender categories is a welcome cultural statement, and fans of the music awards across the globe have been congratulating the company. But the question remains as to whether award ceremonies like the Oscars will take on this gender-neutral stance.
But we’re so glad that Emma Watson got to be the Belle of the ball in this historic moment.