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Asia Kate Dillon presents first, 'genderless' MTV Award to Emma Watson

"It's so cool to be here presenting the first acting award ever that celebrates performance free of any gender distinctions," Dillon told the crowd at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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Karen Butler
Actress Emma Watson appears backstage with the Best Actor in a Movie award for her performance in Beauty and the Beast during the MTV Movie & TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on May 7. Photo by Christine Chew/UPI
Actress Emma Watson appears backstage with the Best Actor in a Movie award for her performance in "Beauty and the Beast" during the MTV Movie & TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on May 7. Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

May 7 (UPI) -- Billions and Orange is the New Black star Asia Kate Dillon presented the first prize at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night and explained the new categories for performers.

"This year has been full of firsts for me. I am the first, openly, non-binary actor to play a non-binary character on a major, television show and now it's so cool to be here presenting the first, acting award ever that celebrates performance, free of any gender distinctions," Dillon told the crowd at the Shrine Auditorium. "Tonight, we celebrate portrayals of the human experience because the only distinction we should be making when it comes to awards is between each outstanding performance. I am honored to give this golden popcorn trophy to one of these talented nominees."

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Dillon then presented the prize for Best Actor in a Movie to Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson. Also nominated in the category were Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, Taraji P. Henson for Hidden Figures, Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen, Hugh Jackman for Logan and James McAvoy for Split.

"The first acting award in history that doesn't separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience. MTV's move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone, but, to me, it indicates 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," Watson noted. "Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits."

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