Emmy Awards allowed a non-binary actor to choose the category to be awarded in


Emmy Awards organisers have told Asia Kate Dillon, who is non-binary, that it is possible for them to choose in which category to be awarded, as Dillon addressed to the award officials criticizing them for having a binary system of categories. Asia Kate Dillon joined the second series of financial drama Billions this year as Taylor Mason, widely considered to be the first non-binary character on TV. Their impressive performances as a financial genius who helps Damian Lewis’ Bobby Axelrod make even more money have led Billion’s network, Showtime, to submit them for an Emmy. But the question whether to award Dillon as the best actor or actress brought everybody in confusion (including Dillon). They wrote to the organisers of the Emmy Awards with the concern that as it stood, there seemed to be “no room for my identity”. “I’d like to know if in your eyes ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ denote anatomy or identity and why it is necessary to denote either in the first place?” Dillon asked. “The reason I’m hoping to engage you in a conversation about this is because if the categories of ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ are in fact supposed to represent ‘best performance by a person who identifies as a woman’ and ‘best performance by a person who identifies as a man’ then there is no room for my identity within that award system binary. Furthermore, if the categories of ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ are meant to denote assigned sex I ask, respectfully, why is that necessary?” A response came quickly and, by Dillon’s account, organisers were “100% supportive. I really couldn’t have been happier.” They were surprised to learn that the Emmys’ rules state that “anyone can submit under either category for any reason”. “The Academy supports anyone’s choice to do that, and the Academy is not going to do any sort of check,” Dillon added. There is no gender qualification needed – in fact, the only requirement for a nomination in either category is “a continuing performance in a regular series.”


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