MTV Is Going Gender-Neutral With Its Movie and TV Awards

MTV will do away with its male and female movie and TV awards, instead introducing gender-neutral prize categories, the network announced Friday.“This audience actually doesn’t see male-female dividing lines, so we said, ‘Let’s just take that down,’” explained the network’s president, Chris McCarthy, in an interview with Vulture.MTV’s target audience is under 25—a demographic that is increasingly skeptical of traditional notions about gender. Recent surveys show a rising number of LGBT millennials, though estimates vary widely.Now, Daniel Kaluuya, Emma Watson, Hailee Steinfeld, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Taraji P. Henson will compete for Best Actor in a Movie. The Best Actor in a Show category includes Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Gina Rodriguez, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mandy Moore and Millie Bobby Brown.In a further attempt to accommodate a generation preoccupied with social justice, the network also introduced a “Best Fight Against the System” award category, which will replace the “Best Fight” category MTV has had for the past 20 years. Up for consideration: Get Out, Hidden Figures, Loving, Luke Cage and Mr. Robot.

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