20 May, 2017
British darling Emma Watson made history yesterday as she bagged the first-ever gender-neutral acting honour at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. This is very meaningful to me - both to be winning the award and to be receiving it from you.
Emma Watson's role in the live-action Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast" made the British actress the victor of the special award.
Emma Watson was selected among nominees Taraji P Henson, Daniel Kaluuya, Hugh Jackman and Hailee Steinfeld for her performance.
Spirited speeches were front and center at the MTV Movie and TV awards on Sunday, where the night's top winners at the usually irreverent awards show took to the stage to champion diversity and inclusion. "And that doesn't need to be separated into two different categories", the 27-year-old actress said during her speech. "Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits".
Former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson created history as she won the first MTV Award that did not separate nominees based on gender. "Thank you for educating me in such a patient, inclusive way".
Watson turned to Beauty and the Beast and praised the virtues that Belle represented such as her passion and curiosity in the face of an alienating village.
The first award presenter was Asia Kate Dillon, the first gender non-binary character on television.
". when I saw the breakdown for the character, it said 'female, nonbinary.' And I thought, 'Interesting, I think I know about those words, but let me do research into every aspect of this character and their world and who they are.' And so, female meaning sex and non-binary meaning a gender identity that is an umbrella term for people who identify as neither man nor a woman".
Streaming platform Netflix enjoyed the night's biggest spotlight when its 1980s sci-fi series "Stranger Things" won the inaugural Show of the Year award.