Actress Emma Watson won on Sunday night the first-ever gender-neutral MTV TV & Movie acting award for her performance in “Beauty and the Beast,” hailing the recognition as a way to show that empathy has “no limits.” “The first acting award … that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience,” Watson said at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles, BBC Newsbeat reported.

“MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone,” she continued. “But to me it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories. “Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits. This is very meaningful to me.” READ MORE