Those who watched the Oscars on Sunday may have noticed something blatantly obvious missing from the Heroes Montage–women.
Where the hell were all the ladies at?
In the two-minute montage, there are six women in the “hero” position, and over 80 male heroes.
The women shown not in a hero position are there as love interests for the heroic guy. For example, they chose to include a shot of Pepper Potts kissing her hero boyfriend, Tony Stark–Iron Man, instead of a shot of her saving his ass at the end of Iron Man 3.
That’s just all kinds of wrong. And it raises questions about a bigger issue in film as a whole. According to the Oscars–the almighty film gods–women are not heroes. Well, at least not 99% of the time.
The exceptions include The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen, X-Men‘s Storm, and The Avengers’ Black Widow–Natasha Romanoff.
People may argue that most of the time men are simply the ones who are cast as superheroes, which, sadly, is true. But what’s interesting about the montage is that they also included less typical “heroes”–that is, men who aren’t almost super-human with super powers. They also included Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and James Stewart in It’s A Wonderful Life.
So if we’re going to include the less-stereotypical hero and put in shots of “normal” people, why couldn’t we have included bad-ass everyday heroic women, too?
Surely Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich or Sandra Bullock’s Leigh Anne Tuohy are worth a mention. (Both of those roles won them Oscars, funnily enough)
And how about instead of ending the montage and immediately cutting to a shot of Emma Watson we include her beloved character Hermione in the thing itself? We showed Harry and, let’s be honest, he wouldn’t have lived long enough to kill Voldemort without her.
If you missed it, here’s the video of the actual montage. Take a look at the description below it if you want to read poster Andy Myers similar thoughts about the lack of females. (The title says it all)