MTV Awards to adopt gender-neutral category titles for the winners

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Emma watson attends the Premiere Of Disney's "Beauty And The Beast" at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The rebranded MTV Movie & TV Awards will see female and male nominees competing in the samme
category ‘best actor’ without being divided into best male and best female. This means the nominations, which were revealed today, see Game of Thrones’ resident Queen of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, compete for the TV show prize against Stranger Things’ 13-year-old star Millie Bobby Brown. Women have taken four of the six spots for the award, with Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez and Mandy Moore from This Is Us are to compete. In the film category, men and women are equally matched in terms of nominations, with Get Out’s lead Daniel Kaluuya facing up against Beauty and the Beast’s Emma Watson. Actor and singer Hailee Steinfeld is included for her performance in The Edge of Seventeen, with Logan’s Hugh Jackman, Split’s James McAvoy and Hidden Figures’ Taraji P. Henson also in the running. Two new award categories also emerged. Best American Story will be given to a show or film that shows the US at its “open and diverse” best, while Best Fight Against the System honours a creation whose characters will not be defeated by oppression.

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