Emma Watson Wins First-Ever Gender-Neutral Award, Gives Empowering Speech

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Emma Watson took home the first-ever gender-neutral award for Best Actor in Film and TV for her performance in Beauty and the Beast at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday evening.

Indeed, the former Harry Potter star was selected as the winner in a field that included both men and woman, walking up on stage to accept a bucket of golden popcorn before delving into a moving and inspiring speech.

Emma Watson is a Winner

"The first acting award in history that doesn't separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience," Watson told an adoring crowd.

She continued:

"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."

It was a big night overall for Beauty and the Best, which took home the prize for Best Movie.

During her lauded speech, the 27-year old British also gave Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon a shout-out while, thanking her for educating her in an “inclusive and loving" way.

Watson went on to say it’s Belle who is the true winner in all of this.

Emma Watson at 2017 MTV Awards

"I think I'm being given this award because of who Belle is and what she represents," Watson concluded.

"The villagers in our fairytale wanted to make Belle believe the world was smaller than the way that she saw it, with fewer opportunities for her ... I love playing someone who didn't listen to any of that."

Does it get any better than Emma Watson?!?


Watch her full speech and prepare for ALL the feels now:

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