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Emma Watson Praises Genderless MTV Awards After ‘Beauty’ Win

LOS ANGELES — Emma Watson had high praise for MTV's move to remove gender qualifiers for its Movie and TV Awards.

In accepting the award for her role as Belle in Disney's live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" on Sunday night, Watson said "empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits."

Emma Watson accepts Best Actor in a Movie for "Beauty and the Beast" during 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

“MTV is once again a pioneer in reflecting who young people are today,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. “Emma Watson’s acceptance speech was moving, sent a message of diversity and inspiration, and reflected how many LGBTQ people feel – it was also great to see her sporting an ‘&’ pin in support of all marginalized communities.”

The comments from the British actress won praise from many on social media, but drew a rebuke from Piers Morgan, the former CNN talk show host who now hosts "Good Morning Britain" on ITV.

Morgan said he couldn't think of a better recipient than Watson, who he called a "flag bearer for all things gender neutral." He says the genderless categories mean women will probably win fewer awards because "there's more male actors."

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