Emma Watson And Taraji P. Henson Deliver Powerful Speeches At The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards

BY Shaheera Anwar / May 8 2017 / 15:29 PM

They had some important messages on inclusion and the capabilities of women around the world

Emma Watson And Taraji P. Henson Deliver Powerful Speeches At The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards

The MTV Movie and TV Awards scrapped the Best Actor and Best Actress awards this year and replaced them with a gender-neutral award for acting. Emma Watson, who has always been a fierce advocate stood up for gender equality, received the first genderless award for her performance in Beauty and The Beast. In her speech, Watson said, “The first acting award in histpry that doesn't separate nominees based on their sex says something about we perceive the human experience. MTV's move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone, but to me it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes."

Taraji P. Henson received the award for the Best Fight Against The System for Hidden Figures, which was presented to her by a real-life fighter of the system, Congresswoman Maxine Waters. In her speech, Henson said, “This movie was bigger than all of us. We understood that, we understood the task at hand. We understood that this is a part of history that needed to be re-implemented into the blood and veins of American history. For me, it was very important because I grew up with an understanding—no one ever told me that girls couldn’t do math and science, but there was an understanding. There was an understanding that it was for boys. I remember getting this script and being very upset, because it felt like a dream was stolen from me. And it became my mission, and everyone’s mission who was involved with this film, to dispel that myth, so that another young girl would not grow up thinking that her mind wasn’t capable of grasping math and science. If it were not for these women, we wouldn’t be in space.”

Hidden Figures no more. #MTVAwards (: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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