Emma Watson Brings Home First MTV TV & Movie Award For Beauty & The Beast

Emma Watson is currently enjoying a highly successful year. Beauty and the Beast was a huge hit raking in over a billion dollars and now she has was the first ever gender-neutral award at the MTV TV and Movie Award ceremony.

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Watson has been acting for many years starting off in the Harry Potter series as Hermoine Granger. The Beauty and the Beast star received the award for her work as Belle in Beauty. Her words to describe the award said it was; “very meaningful”.

Watson, who beat the likes of James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman, said; “The first acting award… 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. Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits. This is very meaningful to me.”

This isn’t the first award ceremony to drop separated gender prizes, in 2011 the Grammy Awards introduced gender-neutral categories. Like with most things, some people loved her speech, some people hated it. Twitter users vented on the social media site; ‘@ITVLorraine you are so right Emma Watson is very annoying, PC gone absolutely crazy 😩’.

Another user said in response; ‘@reallorraine hit the nail on the head @EmmaWatson is annoying!! Worse things to be worried about right now than gender in awards.’ Stop pretending “gender-neutral” awards are progressive. As long as sexism exists, “gender neutrality” is a myth. Beauty and the Beast also took home movie of the year award (a little odd considering we’re in April) it beat films, Get Out, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Logan.

Director Bill Condon said; “Thank you to the audience who embraced this movie so much but especially to the women because women are proving that they are a huge and powerful audience and that’s going to change the movie business.”