Morgan said he couldn't think of a better recipient than Watson, who he called a "flag bearer for all things gender neutral".
"MTV's move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone".
Emma won the first acting award not separated by gender for her performance as Belle in Beauty And The Beast. In her acceptance speech, Watson said the award shows that "acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes, and that doesn't need to be separated into two different categories".
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Emma Watson's role in the live-action Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast" made the British actress the victor of the special award. Dillon says auditioning the character in her show, "Billions", led to her own "self-discovery". That award show is as stuffy as it gets, and has-time and again-proven that it's resistant to change and the evolving tastes of the film audience.
So, there was no Best Actress award.
The show maintained its traditional irreverence with awards recognizing the best duo (Jackman and Dafne Keen of the film Logan), best villain (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead), best tearjerker (hit TV drama This Is Us), and best kiss (Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerone of Moonlight). Emma said, "This is very meaningful to me, both to be winning this award and to be given it to me by you, Asia. We wouldn't be here without you guys, so we might not say it enough, we love you and thank you everyone who voted".
Netflix also took home a third award last night when director Ava DuVernay's documentary about racial inequality in America, 13th, won for Best Documentary.