MTV celebrates summer viewing season with Movie & TV Awards

The MTV Movie & TV Awards programming includes a concert festival, featuring Zara Larsson, All Time Low, and Bea Miller, that launches via live stream at 5 p.m. the stars roll in at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium. The honor was a little different than it's been in the past though, because this year, MTV made a decision to do away with the practice of separating the acting categories by gender, meaning that Emma took home a totally gender-neutral award.

"Firstly, I feel I have to say something about the award itself".

Before the show, Dillon addressed the honor of presenting the genderless award.

"To me, [the lack of gender division] indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself into someone else's shoes, and that doesn't need to be separated into categories", Watson said. "Thank you for educating me in such an inclusive, patient and loving way". "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 am so proud to be a part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy and love the way that this one does".

Watson went on to explain that her win in this category goes beyond her acting skills and is more related to the inspirational persona that her character Belle represents.

Watson beat out Hailee Steinfeld ("The Edge of Seventeen"), Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out"), James McAvoy ("Split"), Hugh Jackman ("Logan") and Taraji P. Henson ("Hidden Figures"). You know who you are, and I can't thank you enough.

  • Kyle Peterson