Emmy Awards is being criticized after nominating non-binary Bella Ramsey for Best Actress
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The Emmy Awards has been called out after placing Bella Ramsey in the Best Actress category.
Ramsey has previously opened up about being non-binary and how 'uncomfortable' they felt submitting themselves for this year's awards.
However, despite raising concerns the awards organizers have placed them in the Best Actress category.
The 19-year-old has been nominated alongside Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters), Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Keri Russell (The Diplomat), and, Sarah Snook (Succession)
And the decision has not gone down well with fans, some of who have called the Emmys out for the seemingly insensitive decision.
"Award shows need more inclusive categories for people with gender-expansive identities," wrote one person on social media.
Another asked: "I thought Bella was non-binary?"
Following the nomination, The Last of Us creator Craig Mazin revealed he had spoken with Ramsey about it.
Mazin told Variety that it was vital the movie industry 'moved away from gendered categories' to open it up to more people.
“I talk about everything with Bella,” he said. “So, of course, we’ve spoken about this. It’s a really interesting challenge.
“On the one hand, the conversation about gender has transformed dramatically and in a very progressive and positive way.
"On the other, we have to practically make sure that by moving away from gendered categories, we don’t short-change traditionally overlooked folks… and we know that in non-gendered categories like directing and writing, women have been historically under-appreciated.”
UNILAD has contacted the Emmys for comment.
Speaking previously about their identity, Ramsey said they felt that putting people in boxes wasn't helpful.
In an interview with GQ, they explained: "This is what bothers me more than pronouns: being called a 'young woman' or a 'powerful young woman', 'young lady,' but I'm just not [that].
"Catherine Called Birdy, I was in dresses. Becoming Elizabeth, I was in a corset. And I felt super powerful in that.
"Playing these more feminine characters is a chance to be something so opposite to myself, and it's really fun."
While filming The Last of Us, Ramsay said they had a lot of conversations with co-star Pedro Pascal, whose sister came out as transgender in 2021 and has been 'super supportive'.
The actor said: "And they weren't always deep [conversations]: they could be funny and humorous, the whole spectrum.
"We were just very honest and open with each other."