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Emma Watson accepts the award for best actor in a movie for "Beauty and the Beast" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Emma Watson won the first gender-neutral acting prize at the MTV Movie & TV Awards


Emma Watson walked away from the revamped MTV Movie & TV Awards with the show's first ever gender-neutral acting prize, winning the award for best actor in a movie for her role in "Beauty and the Beast." 

“The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience,” Watson said.

Many online were excited at the change in the rules of the award show. 

The award was announced by gender-neutral nonbinary actor Asia Kate Dillon, who hailed the change in MTV's format as a step in the right direction.

“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,” Dilllon said. 

Watson echoed Dillon's positivity, thanking the presenter for “educating me in such an inclusive, patient and loving way." 

The change went over well on social media, but some were still upset with her victory.

Elsewhere, "Stranger Things" star Millie Bobby Brown won a different gender-neutral award in the form of best actor in a TV show. 

During her speech, Brown thanked creators Matt and Ross Duffer for giving her a “a badass female, iconic character that [she has] the honor to play.”

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