Emma’s rous­ing speech at gender neu­tral awards

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Bri­tish ac­tor Emma Wat­son (left) made his­tory at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards by win­ning the first ever gender neu­tral act­ing award.

The 27-year-old star beat ac­tors Taraji P. Hen­son, Daniel Kalu­uya, Hugh Jack­man and Hailee Ste­in­feld to take home the award for Best Ac­tor in Film and TV for her per­for­mance in the live ac­tion film Beauty and the Beast. While ac­cept­ing the Golden Pop­corn tro­phy, Wat­son ded­i­cated her speech to cel­e­brat­ing the gen­der­less act­ing cat­e­gories.

The MTV awards’ pol­icy of break­ing down gender bar­ri­ers in its new for­mat — men and women com­peted jointly in the act­ing cat­e­gories — was the talk of the town.

Wat­son said, “The first act­ing award in his­tory that doesn’t sep­a­rate nom­i­nees by their sex says some­thing about the way we per­ceive the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence. MTV’s move to cre­ate a gen­der­less award for act­ing will mean some­thing dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­one, but for me, it in­di­cates that act­ing is about the abil­ity to put your­self into some­one else’s shoes. And that doesn’t need to be sep­a­rated into two cat­e­gories.”

It was a stir­ring speech from Wat­son, who has been a gender equal­ity ac­tivist for some years now. As a UN Good­will Am­bas­sador, she gave an ac­claimed speech in Septem­ber 2014, while launch­ing the He For She cam­paign. The ini­tia­tive aimed to get men and boys to join the move­ment for gender equal­ity.

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