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‘Best Acting Performance’: Dutch film awards go gender-neutral

‘Best Acting Performance’: Dutch film awards go gender-neutral

Netherland Film Festival's website

The Netherlands' Golden Calf awards will no longer hand out separate prizes to male and female actors starting this year

The main movie awards in the Netherlands will from this year only single out the Best Acting Performance in a Leading and Supporting Role, instead of handing out separate prizes to male and female actors.

The move is meant to make the Golden Calf awards – named after the small golden statues presented to winners – more inclusive, organizers said on Thursday, August 19.

“We want to unite all makers, regardless of their background or gender,” said Jenny Booms, director of the Dutch Academy for Film. “The awards in the end are about craftsmanship.”

Improving gender equality in film has been a topic of discussion for years, as awards and major festivals have come under scrutiny over the low number of women directors in the running for top awards.

In 2017, the MTV Movie and TV Awards introduced gender-neutral acting awards, but important prizes such as the Academy and Emmy Awards still separate acting performances by men and women.

The Dutch actors association ACT said it welcomed the move, which it said could help make the awards more inclusive and would promote diversity.

The Golden Calves have been awarded annually since 1981 for the Best Dutch Film and the Best Dutch Director and Actors of the past year.

Former winners include director Paul Verhoeven (Basic
Instinct, Total Recall
), and actors Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner)
and Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones). –

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