Two stars on the Venice Movie Pageant, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton, have praised the choice by the Berlin pageant to award gender-neutral prizes, with Swinton predicting different award ceremonies will observe swimsuit.

Organizers of the Berlin Worldwide Movie Pageant introduced final month that they’d cease awarding separate appearing prizes to women and men beginning subsequent 12 months. The most effective actor and actress Silver Bear prizes will now get replaced by finest main efficiency and finest supporting efficiency awards.

Swinton, who acquired a Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement award on the Venice pageant’s opening ceremony, stated divisions by gender had been a “waste of life.”

“And so I’m actually joyful to listen to that about Berlin,” she advised reporters Thursday. “And I feel it’s just about inevitable that everyone will observe, as a result of it’s simply apparent to me.”

Blanchett, president of the Venice jury this 12 months, stated she instinctively calls herself an “actor.” She stated it is exhausting sufficient “to sit down in judgment of different individuals’s work” after which even tougher to interrupt it down additional alongside gender strains.

“I’m of a technology the place the phrase “actress” was used all the time in a pejorative sense. So I feel I declare the opposite house,” she stated. “I feel good performances are good performances, regardless of the sexual orientation of the performers who’re making them.”

The Venice pageant has lengthy been criticized for the shortage of feminine administrators in its in-competition movies, with solely 4 movies made by girls within the 62 movies competing for the Golden Lion award between 2017 and 2019.

This 12 months, the gender parity has improved, with 44% of the in-competition movies directed by girls.

Swinton was additionally in Venice to current a brief movie directed by Pedro Almodovar, “The Human Voice,” a couple of girl’s emotional response to being left by her lover over the telephone.

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