Emma Watson praises genderless MTV Awards after 'Beauty' win

"Great acting is great acting, no matter what the gender or nongender", MTV's general manager Amy Doyle told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Beauty and the Beast" was the Movie of the Year, with, Emma Watson, the Best Actor in a Movie.

Former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson created history as she won the first MTV Award that did not separate nominees based on gender. In her acceptance speech, Emma said that while the award may mean a lot of things to different people for her it is something about what it means to act. And that doesn't need to be separated into two different categories.

The awards show announced last month that it would lump male and female actors into the same categories for the first time this year.

Out of the seven gender-neutral categories with solo winners at MTV's gala Sunday night, women won three - best actor in a movie (Watson), best actor in a show (Millie Bobbie Brown) and best hero (Taraji P. Henson), CBS News reported.

Especially important regarding the presentation of the award was who announced Watson as the victor: Asia Kate Dillon, who is the first gender non-binary identifying actor to have a role in a major television series (Billions, Orange Is The New Black). "Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits".

"The villagers in our fairytale wanted to make Belle believe the world was smaller than the way that she saw it, with fewer opportunities for her".

- that her curiosity and her passion for knowledge were grounds for alienation.

The policy was put into practice at the top of the show by presenter Asia Kate Dillion, who proudly noted she has been able to break down gender barriers as "the first openly non-binary actor to play an openly non-binary actor on a major TV show", Showtime's drama series "Billions".

"I'm so proud to be a part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy, and love the way that this one does", Watson said.

Belle has always been one of Disney's most independent "princesses", but the live-action adaptation made the character even more empowering and feminist by making her an inventor, rather than her father.

Morgan said he couldn't think of a better recipient than Watson, who he called a "flag bearer for all things gender neutral".

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