Emma Watson Wins MTV’s Gender-Neutral Acting Prize


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Emma Watson, accepting her award at the MTV awards, said: “The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience.”

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Emma Watson made a potent call for breaking down gender categories as she scooped up the gender-neutral film acting prize at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, in a speech that was broadcast on Sunday night.

An award “that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience,” Ms. Watson, who won for her performance in “Beauty and the Beast,” said in 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,” she said.

(Ms. Watson’s speech referred to this as the “first ever” occasion that an award show had combined the performance categories, but the MTV Movie Awards have in fact done so on two occasions in the past, in 2006 and 2007.)

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