In accepting the award for her role as Belle in Disney's live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" on Sunday night, Watson said "empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits".
There was another big difference in the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards: TV shows were newly eligible for Golden Popcorn trophies.
And finally, the Best Fight award was changed this year to the Best Fight Against the System Award.
It was after Showtime wanted to nominate Asia for an Emmy Award and consequently found the binary categories of "Best Actress" and "Best Actor" too restrictive due to Asia identifying with neither of these genders that the MTV Movie & TV Awards chose to create a gender-neutral awards category.
The award was presented by Asia Kate Dillon, who identifies as non binary. In particular, MTV TV & Movie Awards isn't the first professional event to introduce gender-neutral nominations. Then she presented the award to Watson. I think I'm being given this award for a performance as an actor, but it doesn't feel like that what it's really for, although I am very grateful if you did think that I did a good job because the whole singing part of the situation was pretty terrifying - yeah, not kidding about that part!
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Star Matt Lanter , who plays Wyatt Logan, popped up on Facebook with a video announcing the pickup as well. In a twist that's oh-so-fitting for a time travel show, NBC's Timeless has been un-cancelled.
The best kiss award has previously gone to heterosexual duos like Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in "The Notebook" and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart for the Twilight saga.
"Thank you for educating me in such an inclusive, patient and loving way", she said, before walking over to Dillon and embracing the fellow actor.
The entire awards show seemed to follow that same theme, according to newsbusters.org, an organization devoted to exposing and combating liberal media bias.
The cast of the "Fast and Furious" franchise were scheduled to receive the Generation Award, which Vin Diesel was set to accept.
"There is one person I aspire to be every single day", he said, "and that is my mom: a powerful, strong black woman who never listened when people told her she couldn't be more".
Netflix also took home a third award last night when director Ava DuVernay's documentary about racial inequality in America, 13th, won for Best Documentary.