Watson continued that the award wasn't just for her ability to act and sing in "Beauty and the Beast", but for "who Belle is and what she represents".
It was a landmark night for inclusion and a promising sign of the times at last night's MTV Movie and TV Awards where Emma Watson received the first ever gender-neutral acting award for her role as Belle in this year's live-action reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. The 27-year-old competed against the likes of Logan star Hugh Jackman and Taraji P. Henson of Hidden Figures for the golden popcorn statue. This decision made the 2017 MTV Music and TV Awards the first major award show to forego gender distinctions such as "best actor" or "best actress. And that doesn't need to be separated into two, different categories".
Kiss: Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, "Moonlight".
Sanders and Jerome received the award for their tender kiss in "Moonlight", this year's Oscar victor for best picture.
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"I feel I have to say something about the award itself". "I've been here since the '80s", she quipped, sending us all into a fit of laughter.
Several new categories were added this year: Best American Story, for the program or film that "showcases America at its best"; Best Fight Against the System, which celebrates underdog efforts and social justice; top trending moment; and best musical moment. In the ceremony's other gender-neutral acting categories, "The Walking Dead" star Jeffrey Dean won for best villain ahead of Allison Williams in "Get Out" and Jared Leto in "Suicide Squad".