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Emma Watson wins first ‘genderless award’ in history for Beauty and the Beast

Emma Watson was the winner of the first ever genderless award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for her performance in Beauty and the Beast.

hollywood Updated: May 08, 2017 16:57 IST
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Actor Emma Watson accepts Best Actor in a Movie for Beauty and the Beast onstage during the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards.(AFP)

Emma Watson picked up the first-ever Genderless Acting Award for the Best Actor category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

The 27-year-old star made history at the annual event held at the Shrine Auditorium here on Sunday, reports

After collecting her award for Best Actor in a Movie, she praised MTV for making their awards genderless.

She said: “I feel I have to say something about the award itself. 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.”

“Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits. This is very meaningful to me - both to be winning the award and to be receiving it from you... in such an inclusive, patient and loving way. Thank you so much,” Watson added.

The Beauty and the Beast actor then told the crowd why she felt her role as Belle was deserving of the win.

Actors Emma Watson and Josh Gad accept the Movie of the Year award for Beauty and the BeasT onstage during the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium. ( AFP )

“(Belle’s) curiosity and passion for knowledge and her desire for more in life were ground for alienation,” she said.

“I loved playing someone who didn’t listen to any of that. I’m so proud to be part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy, and love the way that this one does.”

She concluded her speech by thanking her fans and well-wishers.

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First Published: May 08, 2017 16:42 IST