Emma Corrin of ‘The Crown’ calls for gender-neutral awards

British actress Emma Corrin, who won a Golden Globe Award for her role in The Crown, is the latest artist to champion gender-neutral categories at awards shows.

Corrin said they “hope for a future” with gender-free awards and also called for more non-binary, queer and transgender people to have roles on screen.

“It’s about everyone being able to feel recognized and represented,” Corrin, who is non-binary, said in a radio interview with the BBC last week. “I think the categories are not comprehensive enough at the moment.”

Corrin broke out as Diana, Princess of Wales in Netflix’s The Crown in 2021. Her performance garnered a variety of nominations and wins, including nominations at the Emmys and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a trophy at the Golden Globes, all in female categories. At the time, Corrin went by her pronouns.

However, as of July 2021, Corrin has identified as non-binary and this year she received critical acclaim for her role in the 2022 film My Policeman.

“Right now I’m having a hard time justifying in my head being non-binary and being nominated in female categories,” Corrin said.

The Grammys abandoned gender awards a decade ago, beginning in 2012. Non-binary artists like Sam Smith and Demi Lovato have since been nominated or won awards for the show. The MTV Movie & TV Awards made the same move in 2017.

And in recent years there has been speculation as to whether high-profile awards shows like the Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys will follow suit amid a rising tide of shows adopting gender-neutral formats.

The Independent Spirit Awards announced this year that their show will have 2023 acting awards regardless of gender. The Berlin International Film Festival has removed gender-specific awards from its program in 2021. And on Monday night, the Gotham Awards, which honor independent films, will present gender-neutral awards for the first time at their ceremony in New York City.

At most awards shows, non-binary actors can choose to compete in the ‘actor’ or ‘actress’ categories, but for those who identify as neither, the choice is difficult.

“Personally, I can’t give up my identity and my community to receive an award, and I don’t want that to diminish the award,” ER Fightmaster, who in 2021 became the first non-binary actor to have a doctor on long-running ABC show Grey’s Anatomy. played,” he previously told The Times.

“It’s a career-changing award. It’s an award actors work their whole lives for. Genderqueer actors should not have to give up their identity in order to receive recognition for their merits and talents.”

Corrin said the conversation about inclusivity should also extend to who is being cast for which role. They said that as more non-binary performers are cast in shows and films, awards shows will be more inclined to address the issue.

“When those parts come out, which means more people and more actors playing those roles, then I think there’s going to be a greater urgency with which to address those issues,” Corrin said.

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Sarah Ridley

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