Emma Watson gave a passionate speech about gender equality while accepting her award for Best Actor at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, thanking non-gender binary actor Asia Kate Dillon. Emma may have the best moment of the night, and the show barely started!
Emma Watson gave an Oscars-worthy speech at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on May 7 while accepting Best Actor for playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast. But instead of talking about herself and her accomplishment, she directed her attention to the importance of gender equality and how important it is that MTV got rid of categories divided by gender. It “says something about how we perceive the human experience,” she said.
If you didn’t catch it, Emma won Best Actor — and not Best Actress. It’s an important distinction that hopefully marks a major change for all awards shows after this. To make things more poignant, Emma was given her award by Asia Kate Dillon, the first non-binary gender actor on television. Asia is one of the stars of the awesome show Billions, and they’re incredibly badass:
“Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits,” Emma told Asia. “This is very meaningful for me, both to be winning the award and to be receiving it from you, Asia. Thank you for educating me in such an inclusive, patient, and loving way.” Emma burst into tears and ran over to Asia, who gave her a huge hug. So sweet. Seriously, this speech was so poignant that the producers of the show allowed her to talk for a full five minutes without playing her off.
Emma continued on to speak about her role in Beauty and the Beast and how important Belle is to this conversation. She has a point; Belle is a rebel and far ahead of her time.
“I think I’m being given this award because of who Belle is and what she represents,” Emma said. “The villagers in our fairy tale wanted to make Belle believe that the world was smaller than the way she saw it with fewer opportunities for her, that her curiosity and passion for knowledge and her desire fore more in life were grounds for alienation. I loved playing someone who didn’t listen to any of that. I’m so proud to be a part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy, and love the way that this one does.”
Well done, Emma and Asia!
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