Emmy Awards is Being Criticized After Nominating Non-Binary Bella Ramsey for Best Actress

The 2023 Emmy Awards are being called out after nominating The Last Of Us star Bella Ramsey for the best actress category.

This week Ramsey received her Emmy nomination for her role as Ellie in the HBO series, The Last Of Us. The series has also been nominated in the category of Best Drama Series.

Isabella May Ramsey is a 19-year-old British actor who first rose to fame by playing the role of Lyanna Mormont in the iconic HBO fantasy TV drama, Game of Thrones.

In the new HBO series, Bella plays the role of Ellie, a teenager immune to cordyceps fungus – an outbreak that transforms the human host into an infected zombie-like creature.

The cast of the show includes Pedro Pascal, Anna Torv, Gabriel Luna, Ashley Johnson, and Nico Parker.

Earlier this year, Bella, who identifies herself as non-binary and says she doesn’t care what pronouns people use for her, spoke to GQ for an interview and opened up about wearing a chest binder during the shooting of her TLoU.

Bella said that wearing a binder helped her focus on the set as a gender-fluid person.

“Which probably isn’t healthy,” she said. “Like, please bind safely.”

She also said that her costar Pedro Pascal whose sister is also a Trans woman was super supportive of her.

“The two would regularly have conversations about gender and sexuality,” she said. “They weren’t always deep: they could be funny and humorous, the whole spectrum. We were just very honest and open with each other.”

Speaking of her role in Catherine Called Birdy, a comedy film, Ramsey said she wore both dresses and corsets for her character and felt powerful.

“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.”

In another interview with The New York Times, Ramsey said she doesn’t like being called a “young lady” or “young woman.”

“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].”

“I’m very much just a person,” she added. “Being gendered isn’t something that I particularly like, but in terms of pronouns, I really couldn’t care less.”

However, the Academy’s decision to nominate a non-binary actress in the category of best actress doesn’t sit well with some fans.

“Award shows need more inclusive categories for people with gender-expansive identities,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“Best Actress’ for an openly non-binary person who wore a binder the entire filming hahahahaha sick,” said another.

“Putting Bella Ramsey in a ‘Lead Actress’ category when they’re non-binary is such an awkward position to be in,” a third agreed.

“I feel so bad for them because like, they can’t get a prize for their hard work without misgendering themselves and yeah. I feel that lol,” wrote another fan.

However, many others agreed that Ramsey’s performance in The Last of Us needed to be cherished, and it doesn’t matter which category she has been nominated for.

“Just a good a** time in the entertainment industry for non-binary and trans people. A long time coming, but things are changing,” said one.

“i won’t lie, it rubs me wrong that i don’t see enough hype for bella ramsey. i think people fail to realize how genuine and talented they are. they’ve captivated our screens since the age of 11 and have managed to now receive an emmy nom. at the age of 19. show them some love!” another wrote.

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Sources: GQ – The New York Times – Twitter

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