Zoe Terakes is the first non-binary actor nominated for the AACTA Award for Best Leading Actor
Australian actress Zoe Terakes made history when she became the first non-binary actor to be nominated for an AACTA award in the Leading Actor in a Feature Film category.
Terakes was nominated for his role in Ellie & Abbie (and Abbie’s dead aunt) who created as the opening night film of last year’s Mardi Gras Queer Screen Film Festival.
Directed and written by Monica Zanetti, Terakes stars as Abbie, Grade 12 lover and School Captain Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw). As the first Australian feature film to open the festival in 27 years, it premiered nationwide in November last year.
After coming out as non-binary at the age of 19, Terakes screen credits include the recent eight-part series directed by Nicole Kidman. Nine Perfect Strangers and Wentworth, in which they played the trans character Rebecca ‘Reb’ Keane.
“I am an actor, not an actress”
âI’m not a woman, but I also don’t fully feel like a man,â Terakes said. Yes.
Referring to the Aria Music Awards, which recently removed gender award categories, Terakes said, âI’m a human boy. A human boy. And so, until there is a rewards system that accommodates genderqueer / trans people, we’ll have to make the system work for us.
While there have been other non-binary attendees and nominees in the past, AACTA said in a statement that Terakes became the first non-binary actor to engage them in a conversation and “exercise their right to choose the price that suits them “.
âI am an actor, not an actress. I definitely feel more aligned with âmaleâ identifiers. And I don’t want to be nominated for the gender of the character I’m playing, âTerakes explained.
Push for more inclusive rewards
“So listen, it’s all a little confusing and feels a little bit, to quote Missy Higgins,” triangle trying to squeeze through a circle “but until we’ve completely de-gendered the awards ceremonies , I will be vying for a nomination in the category most matches my gender; best male actor.
Elsewhere in the world, the promotion of more inclusive award ceremonies is rapidly gaining ground. In June of this year, the Television Academy board of governors confirmed that it had approved two rule changes for the Emmy Awards.
These changes allowed anyone nominated in an actor or actress category to “request that their nomination certificate and Emmy statuette bear the term” performer “in place of actor or actress.”