'The Crown' Star Emma Corrin Urges Oscars and BAFTAs to Ditch Gendered Acting Categories

Saturday November 26, 2022
Originally published on November 25, 2022

Emma Corrin
Emma Corrin  (Source:Instagram / @emmalouisecorrin)

Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana on Netflix's "The Crown," is calling for major awards shows to ditch gendered acting categories and opt for a genderless category instead, the BBC reports.

Corrin, who revealed they're nonbinary last year and that they use they/them pronouns, told the BBC News that they are encouraging a change in formats because currently they are not "inclusive enough" and a change would make many feel "acknowledged and represented."

'I hope for a future in which that happens," the "My Policeman" star said. "I don't think the categories are inclusive enough at the moment. It's about everyone being able to feel acknowledged and represented."

Corrin added: "'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."

Reflecting on the fact that they largely play female roles, Corrin wondered: "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," Corrin continued. "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."