Harry Potter fame star, Emma Watson was conferred the first ever ‘Genderless Acting Award’ for Best Actor category on 7 May 2017 at the annual MTV Movie and TV Awards ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The actor in her acceptance speech praised MTV for making their awards genderless. She further added that for her acting is about the ability to put oneself into someone else’s shoes and that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories.
The 27-year-old Emma Watson beat 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 as Belle in the ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Aisa Kate Dillon, the first non-binary actor to play a non-binary character on TV presented the trophy to Watson. Watson’s film ‘Beauty and the Beast’ directed by Bill Condon also went ahead to win the ‘Movie of the Year’ title at the 2017 MTV awards.
The film, which is a musical romantic fantasy and an adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated classic, earned the honour above the likes of other great movies including ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘Logan’ and ‘Get Out’. Though ‘genderless’ as a concept has invited its fair share of criticism with critics questioning if this means the end of gender altogether, the move definitely is a step towards creating a gender-neutral world where no person will feel disadvantaged or be persecuted or marginalised due to their gender.
Further, the revolution aims to do away with the social stigma attached to a particular gender and free people from being forced to identify with the gender they were born with and instead give them an option to live their life in the way they choose, dress the way they like, use the washroom they wish and tick in the box they identify with the most!