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MTV Movie & TV Awards 2017: Get Out leads nominees as gender specific categories are scrapped

Get Out, Daniel Kaluuya

Story by Jack Foley

THE MTV Movie Awards have unveiled a new look and a potentially game-changing attitude to its categories.

The ceremony, now expanded to The MTV Movie & TV Awards, has also decided to scrap gender specific categories, meaning that all acting categories will now be open to both male and female actors.

The overhaul comes in the same week that it emerged that Billions star Asia Kate Dillon, who identifies as gender non-binary, had written a letter to Emmy awards organisers, the Television Academy, after they asked which of the best actor or actress categories the star would prefer to be included in.

It has also sparked a debate over the categorisation of non-gender, or non-binary, actors in future awards ceremonies, including the potential impact it could have going forward on female nominees.

But speaking to New York magazine about the decision to dispense with gendered categories, MTV president Chris McCarthy, said. “This audience actually doesn’t see male-female dividing lines, so we said, ‘Let’s take that down.’”

The stripping away of male and female specific categories means that the nominees for the inaugural best actor in a movie include Get Out’s British star, Daniel Kaluuya, Beauty and the Beast’s Emma Watson, and Hidden Figures’ Taraji P Henson.

The best actor in a TV show category, meanwhile, sees Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke compete against Stranger Things’s Millie Bobby Brown and Atlanta’s Donald Glover.

Leading the nominees with a total of six nods is Jordan Peele’s race-conscious directorial debut, the horror film Get Out, which is also shortlisted for Movie of the Year. It also garnered a Next Generation nomination for star Kaluuya.

Disney’s box office juggernaut Beauty & The Beast follows with four nominations, including a best duo nod for Josh Gad and Luke Evans – the former of whom plays the first gay character in a Disney release.

Also among the nominees is Barry Jenkins’s Oscar-winning film Moonlight, which scored three nominations, including a Best Kiss nod for Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, as well as a nomination in another new category, Best American Story.

The five films competing for Movie of the Year are Beauty & The Beast, Get Out, superhero outing Logan, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and teen comedy-drama The Edge of Seventeen.

While the TV series up for TV Show of the Year include Atlanta, Game of Thrones, Insecure, Pretty Little Liars, Stranger Things and This Is Us.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on May 7, 2017.

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 Host
Ellen DeGeneres — The Ellen DeGeneres Show
John Oliver — Last Week Tonight
RuPaul — RuPaul’s Drag Race
Samantha Bee — Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Trevor Noah — The Daily Show

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