MTV Movie + TV Awards Just Went Gender-Neutral
This will certainly be a year to remember when it comes to Hollywood awards. Not only did the Oscars give us the most epic fail we’ve ever seen on stage and Adele give a Grammy acceptance speech that moved everyone (including Beyoncé) to tears, but now MTV has announced that it’s ditching the best actor and actress divisions in order to make the categories completely gender-inclusive.
While MTV had previously announced that this year they would open up their awards to both TV and streaming series, along with film, they’ve now let fans in on the fact that the Best Actor and Best Actress categories are being axed. In their place will be one Best Actor category for films and another for TV and streaming shows.
Although super cool in itself, the change becomes even more epic when you realize that it means Emma Watson will be going up against Daniel Kaluuya, Hailee Steinfeld, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Taraji P. Henson.
And when it comes to the Best Actors in a Show (TV and streaming) award, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Gina Rodriguez, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mandy Moore, and Millie Bobby Brown will all be facing off against each other.
But that’s not the only change! A few new categories are being added, including Show of the Year, Best Host, Best Reality Competition, Tearjerker, and Next Generation, while peeps in the Best Kiss, Best Hero, and Best Villain categories will compete with others from both shows and films.
Check out who walks away a winner when Workaholics‘ Adam Devine hosts the MTV Movie & TV Awards live on Sunday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT from the Shrine Auditorium in LA.
What do you think about MTV ditching its Best Actor/Actress categories? Let us know @BritandCo!
(h/t Deadline; photos via Kevork Djansezian + Jamie McCarthy + Frazer Harrison/Getty)