MTV Movie and TV awards go gender neutral

MTV’s scrapped the male and female categories for its movie and TV awards show. The network has announced separate awards for best actor and actress will be replaced by “non-gendered” prizes. It means Emma Watson competes with Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy for best actor in a movie. Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown and Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones go against The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan for best actor in a show.

The new MTV Movie & TV Awards will celebrate even more of the brightest, bravest, funniest and most shared films and TV shows resonating across youth culture.

Chris McCarthy, president of MTV

Most of the big award ceremonies, like the Oscars and Baftas, still have separate categories for men and women. But some have already changed their rules - or, like the Grammys, never had separate awards in the first place.