Actor Hugh Jackman is calling for gender-neutral acting award categories

Australian actor Hugh Jackman on Tuesday advocated “one gender-neutral acting category in which all performers compete” as a way to merge the male and female acting award categories into one.

His categorization comes from Jackman’s personal belief that when it comes to genders, “we all know it’s a much bigger spectrum” than “just two”.

The 54-year-old X Men The star made his intervention during an interview with the BBC, in which the agency claimed that “some are questioning” the future of gender-based acting categories at awards ceremonies.

Jackman revealed that he is a “big fan” of having a gender-neutral acting category in which all performers compete. He added:

That would be a really positive step. I don’t understand why it is divided into only two genders when we all know it is much bigger.

Admitting to the BBC that “I may have shot myself in the foot” as his own chances of winning would be halved if there was a non-binary acting category instead of separate best actor and actress categories, he continued: “Whatever the mix That is, we should perhaps just analyze any of these categories that end up being divisive and unnecessary.”

Actor Hugh Jackman from the cast of “The Son” speaks on stage at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Jackman’s call comes after the Gotham Awards, New York’s annual independent film ceremony, last year shifted to gender-neutral acting categories.

The Gotham Film & Media Institute said it will eliminate the best actor and best actress categories and replace them with “outstanding leading performance” and “outstanding supporting performance,” as reported by the AP.

While award shows like the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys maintain traditional categories defined by men and women, others have shifted to gender-neutral awards as performers enter the public debate about human sexuality and its definition.

The Berlin Film Festival in March last year presented its first gender-neutral awards, while the Grammy Awards stopped separating male and female artists in 2012.

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