The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which announced the call for entries Thursday for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, included some significant changes in the announcement. The changes include new inclusive language for gendered acting categories and the introduction of three new categories.
“Performers eligible in gendered acting categories are encouraged to enter the one that best fits their gender identity,” the academy said in today’s announcement. “For the Primetime Emmys, administered by NATAS’s sister Academy, non-binary performer Asia Kate Dillon entered Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in keeping with ‘actor’ being a historically non-gendered word. The Daytime Emmys will honor the category all eligible performers select to best represent themselves.”
Additionally, what were formerly separate Younger Actor and Younger Actress in a Drama Series categories have been combined into a single non-gendered category, Younger Performer in a Drama Series.
“This new category, along with the previously existing non-gendered children’s and animation performer categories, gives Daytime the opportunity to assess over time the effects of both methodologies with regards to gender in the awards show space,” the academy said in the announcement, adding: “NATAS is continuing to seek guidance from LGBTQ community leaders, including GLAAD, regarding the new policy and language.”
NATAS also announced that the Daytime Emmys are introducing three new categories: Outstanding Young Adult Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for an Animated Program, and Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling.
The organization announced that the deadline for early entry is Dec. 18, 2019, and the final deadline is Jan. 15, 2020. The 47th Daytime Emmy Awards will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center in three separate shows on June 12-14.
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