The Ensors Awards, the most important Flemish film and television awards, will be gender neutral. The Best Actor and Best Actress categories will be combined, so that awards will be presented only in the next edition of Best Acting. The organizers announced this on Friday.
The categories for “Best Acting in a Leading Role” and “Best Acting in a Supporting Role” will be created for both film and television. Since there was no award for supporting roles in the past, the number of awards given out remained the same.
So the regulators are following suit Berlin Film Festival, which earlier this year already canceled separate awards for actors and actresses. The Golden Calves Dutch Film Awards, which will be given on Friday, are also gender-neutral for the first time this year. In 2017, Emma Watson actually won the first gender-neutral award, which is MTV Movie & TV Award.
In addition, the Ensors group is undergoing some other changes. New releases will also be eligible from next year. Ensor for “Debut of the Year” has been renamed to “Promise of the Year”. The category “Best Global Achievement of the Year” is called “International Achievement of the Year”, because more and more Flemish talents are not able to work abroad at once, but often remain actively involved.
The Ensors Awards will be awarded on January 29, the closing day of the Ostend Film Festival. Nominations will be announced on January 3rd.