MTV awards 2017: Emma Watson wins first-ever genderless actor award

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Monday, May, 08 2017 - 16:56

The Beauty and the Beast actress Emma Watson, made history on Sunday by taking home the first-ever genderless actor award.

While accepting her golden popcorn statue, she thanked MTV for taking such a huge step forward.

"To me, [this award] 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.

 "Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits."

It was the first major film and TV awards ceremony to adopt gender-neutral categories.

The award was presented by gender-neutral nonbinary actor Asia Kate Dillon.

Presenting the award Dillon said, “Tonight we celebrate portrayals of the human experience, because the only distinction we should be making when it comes to awards is between each outstanding performance.”

The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards were held on May 7, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, U.S. It was the 26th edition of the awards, and for the first time present honors for work in television as well as cinema.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Adam DeVine.


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