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Emma Watson makes history at 2017 MTV Movie Awards

Beauty & The Beast

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH actress Emma Watson has made history at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards by becoming the first winner of a gender-neutral category.

The former Harry Potter star was named best actor in a movie for her performance in Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, beating male performers including Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy to the award.

The accolade was subsequently presented by gender-neutral non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon, who is currently riding high off the critical acclaim surrounding Billions.

In her acceptance speech, Watson described the award as “very meaningful”, saying: “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. This is very meaningful to me.”

Watson also thanked Dillon for “educating me in such an inclusive, patient and loving way”.

Prior to presenting the award to Watson, Dillon said: “Tonight, we celebrate portrayals of the human experience, because the only distinction we should be making when it comes to awards is between each outstanding performance.”

In the awards ceremony’s other gender-neutral acting category, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown won the award for best actor in a TV show ahead of Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Atlanta‘s breakout star Donald Glover.

Of the other big winners on the night, Disney’s Beauty & The Beast was also named movie of the year, while Netflix sci-fi show Stranger Things won show of the year.

Jharrel Jerome and Ashton Sanders were awarded best kiss for the gay love story Moonlight, which took this year’s Oscar for best picture, while Logan stars Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen were named best duo.

Britain’s Daniel Kaluuya won the next generation award for his performance in horror hit Get Out.

The winners and nominees were as follows (winners appear in bold)

Movie of the Year
Beauty and the Beast
Get Out
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Edge of Seventeen

Show of the Year
Game of Thrones
Pretty Little Liars
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best Kiss
Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome — Moonlight
Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling — La La Land
Emma Watson & Dan Stevens — Beauty and the Beast
Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard — Empire
Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick — Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates

Best Villain
Allison Williams — Get Out
Demogorgon — Stranger Things
Jared Leto — Suicide Squad
Jeffrey Dean Morgan — The Walking Dead
Wes Bentley — American Horror Story: Roanoke

Best Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

Best Reality Competition
America’s Got Talent
MasterChef Junior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Bachelor
The Voice

Best Actor in a Movie
Daniel Kaluuya — Get Out
Emma Watson — Beauty and the Beast
Hailee Steinfeld — The Edge of Seventeen
Hugh Jackman — Logan
James McAvoy — Split
Taraji P. Henson — Hidden Figures

Best Actor in a Show
Donald Glover — Atlanta
Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones
Gina Rodriguez — Jane the Virgin
Jeffrey Dean Morgan — The Walking Dead
Mandy Moore — This Is Us
Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things

Best Comedic Performance
Adam DeVine — Workaholics
Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson — Broad City
Lil Rel Howery — Get Out
Seth MacFarlane — Family Guy
Will Arnett — The LEGO Batman Movie

Best Hero
Felicity Jones — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Grant Gustin — The Flash
Mike Colter — Luke Cage
Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things
Stephen Amell — Arrow
Taraji P. Henson — Hidden Figures

Game of Thrones — Hodor’s death
Grey’s Anatomy — Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death
Me Before You — Will tells Louisa he can’t stay with her
Moonlight — Paula tells Chiron that she loves him
This Is Us — Jack and Randall at karate

Next Generation
Chrissy Metz
Daniel Kaluuya
Issa Rae
Riz Ahmed
Yara Shahidi

Best Duo
Adam Levine & Blake Shelton — The Voice
Daniel Kauuya & Lil Rel Howery — Get Out
Brian Tyree Henry & Lakeith Stanfield — Atlanta
Hugh Jackman & Dafne Keen — Logan
Josh Gad & Luke Evans — Beauty and the Beast
Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg — Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party

Best American Story
Fresh Off the Boat
Jane the Virgin

Best Fight Against the System
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Luke Cage
Mr Robot