The Insures 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 Performance. 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.
And so the organizers are following in the footsteps of the Berlin Film Festival, which earlier this year already canceled separate awards for actors and actresses. The Golden Calves, the Dutch film awards to be given on Friday, are also gender-neutral for the first time this year. In 2017, Emma Watson actually won her first gender-neutral award, the 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.
Ensors will be awarded on January 29, the closing day of the Ostend Film Festival. Nominations will be announced on January 3rd.