And the award for strongest statement at an entertainment industry prize fest goes to … MTV for pitting men and women against each other for acting trophies.
The network debuted its non-gender policy Sunday night at its Movie & TV Awards show, which did away with the Best Actress category.
Emma Watson beat out Hollywood’s hottest actors and actresses in the first genderless acting award for her role as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast.”
“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,” Watson said while accepting her award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
The award was presented by Asia Kate Dillon, the “Billions” star and first actor identifying as gender non-binary, or not just male or female, to be cast on a major TV series.
Watson beat out Hailee Steinfeld (“The Edge of Seventeen”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), James McAvoy (“Split”)and Taraji P. Henson (“Hidden Figures”).
Hugh Jackman was also nominated in the category for his turn in “Logan.” Host Adam Devine, when mentioning Jackman, wholeheartedly embraced the notion of a genderless ceremony.
“I love Hugh Jackman,” Devine said.
“But I call him Hugh Jack-PERSON.”
Farrah Abraham stirred controversy with a Bollywood-inspired dress that she insisted wasn’t cultural appropriation.
The 25-year-old “Teen Mom” reality star walked the red carpet in a three-piece pink and gold sari with a bindi and headpiece Sunday night.
Abraham said she wasn’t worried about any possible backlash because she “wanted to bring culture to the red carpet.”
“I think this will inspire others to embrace new cultures and have good experiences,” she told TooFab.
Selena Gomez was the subject of similar backlash after she wore a bindi to the MTV Movie Awards in 2013.
Hindu organizations demanded an apology from the pop starlet at the time.
Abraham showed off her outfit before rain and hail chased the stars off the red carpet.
The show also featured sneak peaks at anticipated films, including “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Wonder Woman” and “Spider-Man:Homecoming.”