Claiming to be non-binary, the star of The Crown would prefer that the trophies of the cinema or the television are given indiscriminately to men and women.
Starring in two films exploring desire thwarted by the moral order, Emma Corrin is on all fronts. The interpreter of the young Dina in the euphoric season 4 of The Crown (Netflix) camp in My Policeman (Amazon) a teacher from fifties England who discovers her husband’s homosexuality and his affair with the couple’s best friend. For Netflix, she is the tutelary heroine of a new adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Performances that could make him hope for a nomination for the British Caesars, the Bafta.
But on this subject, and more broadly the awards season, Emma Corrin has expressed some grievances. In a BBC interview, the artist who identifies as non-binary has expressed the wish that one day the categories rewarding performers will become neutral. In other words, rather than having a prize for best actress and a prize for best actor, that a single distinction not distinguishing between men and women be put in place. These mixed categories already exist at the Berlinale, at the Brit and Grammy Awards, English and American equivalents of our Victoires de la Musique.
Will the actors agree to reduce their chance of nomination?
“The interpretation categories are not inclusive enough. Everyone should feel represented. I struggle to reconcile my non-binary identity and The categories of interpretation are not inclusive enough. Everyone should feel represented. I’m struggling to reconcile my non-binary identity and only being nominated in best actress sections. Do we need to be so precise and to differentiate between the male role and the female role?“, pleaded Emma Corrin.
The interpreter of Lady Di believes that this lack of representation starts from the script: “to be nominated only in the Best Actress sections. Do we need to be so precise and to differentiate between the masculine role and the feminine role? argued Emma Corrin. The interpreter of Lady Di, awarded as best actress at the Golden Globes, believes that this lack of representation starts from the script: “The debate must first focus on the creation of non-binary, queer or trans characters. When more actors of these communities will be visible, then it will be urgent to solve the problem of categories”.
Asked the Academy of Bafta confirmed to have launched a consultation. Just like the Academy of Oscars. It remains to be seen whether these proposals will have the support of the first interested parties: the interpreters. By creating mixed categories, de facto we get half the contenders and winners less.
Some insiders fear that the actors will be the big winners of this reform and marginalize their sisters. At the Oscars, the films, whose actors can claim a statuette, are much more often in the running for the trophy for best feature film, than those carried by the nominated actresses. This year, the biopic Tammy Faye’s eyes which won an Oscar for Jessica Chastain remained at the door of the queen category, unlike The Williams Methodwhich crowned Will Smith.
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Actor or actress? Emma Corrin wants neutral performance awards