Emma Watson wins MTV's first gender-neutral acting award

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Emma also thanked Asia Kate Dillion who played the first non-binary character on TV for presenting her with the award.

Emma Watson got quite a thrill out of being the inaugural victor of MTV's best actor in a movie award.

Emma Watson won "Best Actor in a Movie" for her performance as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, beating Daniel Kaluuya, Hailee Steinfeld, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Taraji P. Henson for the honor.

"Tom me, it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes", she said.

Evangelist Franklin Graham lashed out on Twitter Monday night at MTV's first gender-neutral acting awards. MTV made a decision to buck that trend with this last iteration of the MTV Movie Awards, announcing that they would be awarding a "MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Actor in a Movie".

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The popular streaming site won three of MTV's "golden popcorn" statues, with an especially strong showing for the Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things. Channing Tatum as Beyonce in Lip Sync Battle, while the Best Musical Moment was taken home by the ensemble of the TV show Grease: Live for their rendition of You're the One That I Want.

The comments from the British actress won praise from many on social media, but drew a rebuke from Piers Morgan, the former CNN talk show host who now hosts "Good Morning Britain" on ITV. Watson said that her beloved character Belle is an important figure for women to look up to.

So, there was no Best Actress award. That award show is as stuffy as it gets, and has-time and again-proven that it's resistant to change and the evolving tastes of the film audience.

"This award is bigger than Jharrel and I", Sanders said. Emma said, "This is very meaningful to me, both to be winning this award and to be given it to me by you, Asia. I love playing someone who didn't listen to any of that".

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