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Should awards shows have gender neutral acting categories?




HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Actress Emma Stone accepts Best Actress for 'La La Land' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Emma Stone accepts Best Actress for 'La La Land' onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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This year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, coming up on May 7, are foregoing male and female acting categories for a single, gender-neutral award, citing their viewers’ changing understanding of gender and the desire to be inclusive to non-binary actors.

Should other award shows follow suit?

Some critics say this could be harmful to equality, considering the gender barriers within Hollywood. In the Oscars directing category, for example, there have only ever been four female nominees, and one winner – Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker. If a show like the Oscars scrapped gender division in the acting category, would that lead to, as movie critic Peter Howell suggested, #OscarsSoMale?

Would you like to see awards shows adopt gender neutral acting categories? What would be the benefits and pitfalls?