Emma Corrin, the former star of Netflix’s “The Crown,” is requesting that gendered categories be eliminated in favor of a gender-neutral alternative.
After coming out as non-binary in July 2021, the 26-year-old has a particular interest in this issue. Corrin has stated that award presentations should reflect contemporary events, which includes turning the “best actor” and “best actress” categories into something new.
“I don’t think the categories are inclusive enough at the moment,” Corrin said. “It’s about everyone being able to feel acknowledged and represented.”
“The conversation needs to be about having more representation in the material itself, in the content that we are seeing for nonbinary people, for queer people, for trans people, because then I think that will change a lot,” Corrin said.
“When those parts come up, meaning more people and more actors are playing those roles, then I think there will be more of an urgency with which these questions will be addressed.”
Corrin went on to declare that she has “hope for the future” if neutral award categories are implemented everywhere.
“It’s difficult for me at the moment trying to justify in my head being non-binary and being nominated in female categories,” Corrin continued. “When it comes to categories, do we need to make it specific as to whether you’re being nominated for a female role or a male role?”
Some of the adjustments proposed by the “Crown” star are already taking place. The BAFTAs, according to a spokeswoman, are “involved in proactive and serious conversation on this matter.”
According to rumors, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars, may also go to gender-neutral categories.
In 2012, the Grammys became gender-neutral.
In 2022, the Brit Awards combined the male and female solo categories into one artist of the year category. However, when Adele won, her victory speech made it plain that she was unhappy of the move.
“I understand why the name of this award has changed, but I really love being a woman and being a female artist. I do. I’m really proud of us,” she said at the time.
The Oscars recently modified the description of a transgender person on its website. On Oscars.org, “Ellen Page” is now identified as “Elliot Page,” with a brief explanation.