ONE of the stars of hit Netflix show The Crown has called for a gender-neutral category to replace separate ones for men and women at film and TV awards.
Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana in the show, is non-binary. This is a term for people who do not consider themselves to be entirely male or entirely female, and refer to themselves as ‘they’ instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’.
Corrin told BBC News: “It’s difficult for me at the moment trying to justify in my head being non-binary and being nominated in female categories.”
The comments come in a year that Corrin is appearing in some big films and could be nominated for awards in the Best Actress categories. They say they “hope for a future” where actor and actress categories become a single, gender-free award.
Big awards organisations like BAFTA and the Oscars say they have been discussing the topic, but there are concerns about equality. While a gender-free category would be more inclusive for non-binary actors, rolling two categories into one means not as many awards. And, there are people who believe women could end up getting fewer awards overall as bigger male stars could get most of the prizes in a gender-neutral category.