MTV is constantly pushing the boundaries. At this year’s Movie & TV Awards, they are taking a step towards inclusion by removing gender from acting categories. This means that some of your favorites like Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) will be competing against the likes of Hugh Jackman (Logan) in the “Best Actor in a Movie” category. This is a huge step in the right direction and provides a space for transgender, cisgender, non-binary, and gender fluid artists who don’t feel like they have a place in the current awards system.
Award shows lately have been seeing massive declines in viewership due to the lack of diversity. This was clearly seen in the #OscarsSoWhite trend during the Oscars 2016 ceremony and subsequent boycott of the show. The show only achieved 34.3 million viewers, which was not only an 8-year low, but also the 3rd worst ratings of all time. MTV has listened to what the people want, and will hopefully influence some of the more prominent award shows such as the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
You can vote for the 2017 Movie Awards once per category per day on MTV’s website.
Adam Devine will host the 26th Annual MTV Movie Awards from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.