Emma Watson Accepts First Genderless Acting Award In History
Emma Watson accepted the first genderless acting award in the history of awards shows at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Sunday night.
Watson won the “Best Actor in a Movie” category, which was not separated by a gender distinction. The “Beauty And The Beast” star, who is also one of the film industry’s most outspoken feminists, was honored to be the recipient of the historic award.
“I feel I have to say something about the award itself,” Watson began. “The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience. 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 continued.
“Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits. This is very meaningful to me — both to be winning the award and to be receiving it from you … in such an inclusive, patient and loving way. Thank you so much.”
Watson was named Best Actor for her role as Belle in the live-action remake of Disney’s original “Beauty and the Beast.”
“[Belle’s] curiosity and passion for knowledge and her desire for more in life were ground for alienation,” Watson said of her character. “I loved playing someone who didn’t listen to any of that. I’m so proud to be part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy, and love the way that this one does.”
“I want to thank every single person who voted for me. Thank you so much,” Watson continued. “Lastly I want to thank anyone and everyone who had anything to do with giving me this opportunity. And, accompanying me on the journey. You know who you are. I can’t thank you enough.”