Emma Corrin calls for Oscars and BAFTAs to introduce gender neutral categories


Emma Corrin calls for gender-free Oscars and BAFTAs, rolling actor and actress gongs into one as The Crown star insists the awards aren’t ‘inclusive enough’

  • Emma won Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 2021 Golden Globes for their performance as Princess Diana in The Crown 
  • The thespian, 26, said making award categories gender-neutral would enable everyone to feel ‘acknowledged and represented’ 
  • Emma has identified as non-binary publicly since 2021, and has shared their journey with their gender identity publicly on social media 

Emma Corrin has called for awards ceremonies such as Oscars and BAFTAs to introduce gender neutral categories.

The Crown star, 26, has insisted in a new interview that the awards, in their current formats, aren’t ‘inclusive enough’ and said the change she hopes for, would enable everyone to feel ‘acknowledged and represented.’

Emma – who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns they/them – said better representation within roles in the entertainment industry is needed to encourage ‘an urgency’ around addressing the subject.

Hoping for change: Emma Corrin, 26, has called for awards ceremonies such as Oscars and BAFTAs to introduce gender neutral categories (pictured in November) 

Emma has won a Golden Globe award for best actress for their performance as Princess Diana in series four of the hit Netflix drama, and is starring in two high profile films this year, My Policeman and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Speaking to the BBC’s Today Programme about the possibility of gender neutral categories at major awards shows, Emma said: ‘I hope for a future in which that happens.

‘I don’t think the categories are inclusive enough at the moment. It’s about everyone being able to feel acknowledged and represented.’

Why? The Crown star insisted that the awards, in their current formats, aren't 'inclusive enough' and said the change would enable everyone to feel 'acknowledged and represented'

Why? The Crown star insisted that the awards, in their current formats, aren’t ‘inclusive enough’ and said the change would enable everyone to feel ‘acknowledged and represented’

Emma added that more representation was needed within roles in the entertainment industry to encourage ‘more of an urgency’ around addressing the subject.

The Crown star asked: ‘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?

‘You can discuss awards and the representation there, but really the conversation needs to be about having more representation in the material itself, in the content that we are seeing for non-binary people, for queer people, for trans people, because then I think that will change a lot.

‘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.’

Emma has identified as non-binary publicly since 2021, and has shared their journey with their gender identity publicly on social media.

The thespian told The Today Programme: ‘Your gender identity is so much to do with how you feel and it ties into so much of how you want to be seen or are seen by people and that can be very triggering or can make you uncomfortable if you don’t feel you are being seen honestly or correctly.

”I think that it was necessary for me to be open and honest about it because otherwise I would have felt I was being perceived wrongly.’

Not worried: The film star added that they did not worry that being open about their gender identity would limit the kind of roles they got offered in the future

Not worried: The film star added that they did not worry that being open about their gender identity would limit the kind of roles they got offered in the future

The film star added that they did not worry that being open about their gender identity would limit the kind of roles they got offered in the future.

Emma explained: ‘I would never sacrifice integrity or honesty because of work that I may or may not get,’ they said.

‘My being non-binary is not a rejection of femininity or my femininity in any way. It’s sort of an embrace of that.

‘I still want to play women, my experience on this earth has been a female one – and now it’s sort of a very fluid one.’

Emma is currently preparing to take to the stage in an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando, which was published in 1928 and explores gender identity. 

The full interview with Emma Corrin airs on the Today Programme on Friday November 25.

Royal role: In 2021, Emma won the Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 2021 Golden Globes

Royal role: In 2021, Emma won the Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 2021 Golden Globes

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