1980: I WANT MY MTV ! 2017: I WANT MY MTV…GENDER-NEUTRAL!
Wow, turns out somebody was actually listening! In an interview with CNN, MTV’s president Chris McCarthy announced some changes to their annual Movie & TV Awards. Some new categories include “Best American Story” and “Best Fight Against the System”, but best of all, the show is doing away with gender-based categories, like “Best Actress”.
“[Today’s audience doesn’t] see those lines in the way that generations in the past have,” McCarthy said. “So we wanted to take those down. They felt really antiquated.”
And he’s right. Just recently, Billions star Asia Kate Dillon wrote to the Television Academy about such category names. Dillon articulately pointed out that if such categories mean ‘best performance by someone who identifies as this gender or that one’, then where is the room for nonbinary performers? How is someone like Dillon supposed to submit their work for Emmy consideration?
The Television Academy responded with surprising open-mindedness, saying “anyone can submit under either category for any reason.” Dillon opted for Best Actor, as the term historically refers to a performer regardless of gender. The MTV Awards is following suit: they will use ‘actor’ to refer to all candidates in a category.
MTV Awards joins The Grammys and Britain’s National Television Awards by opting for non-gendered categories. But will this be the start of a larger conversation for Hollywood?
Catch MTV’s Movie and TV Awards on Sunday, May 7th.
Can you hear that sound? Can you feel that nerdy tingle in your musical theater brain? If you can, then you know it’s Tony Awards time! So pop that confetti, along with the champagne, grab your favorite theater t-shirt, plus a box of tissues, because this weekend is the Tony telecast, and your Theater Thursday crew (Kayla and Dalin) have got you covered. Below are our predictions, hopes and dreams for who will take home the prize. So sit back, relax, and queue the orchestra – it’s Tony time!
Representation and change was the motif at the forefront of tonight’s 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Feminist dream team Amy Poehler and Tina Fey partnered for one last time to host the award show. Most of the show made me proud to see progress in the TV and film industries. Other moments…well, this is the internet. If you haven’t already heard about the opening monologue or the running gag with Margaret Cho, you will. For the most part though, the quips were quality.
“In the 1960s, thousands of black people from all over America came together with one common goal: to form Sly and the Family Stone.”
“But the movie ‘Selma’ is about the American civil rights movement, that totally worked and now everything’s fine.”
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts revealed the nominations for its 11th annual Games Awards early Wednesday morning. Unsurprisingly, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us and Rockstar’s GTA V picked up the most nominations, with The Last of Us receiving ten nods and GTA V nine. Both are nominated for Best Game, Game Design, Performer, and Story.