The Oscars 2014 Tribute to Wieners, I Mean, Heroes

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cate1

Come at me, bro.

I have nothing but respect for Cate Blanchett. She’s incredibly talented and while being recognized for her work, takes the opportunity to highlight the issue of gender in film and media. She recently called a cameraman out for the bottoms up approach to filming ladies on the red carpet and raved about the success of women in film at the Oscars. Go Cate, go!

I love the glamour and gowns of red carpet events and I don’t think that being a feminist means that I can’t appreciate pretty things while rooting for equality. So, I was happily watching the 2014 Oscars and tweeting about dresses, animation, and awards, when the Heroes Montage started.

And I love superhero movies!

I don’t love Captain America, but OK.

I love Katniss!

I love Harry Potter!

I, wait a second, these are almost all dudes. Yeah, I love Star Wars, and Luke Skywalker, but where’s Leia?

Ripley for one second but no Trinity? A brief clip of The Bride but no Alice from Resident Evil?

Group shot of The Avengers… Black Widow, OK. No Lara Croft?

No kick ass women from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Sarah Connor? No Buffy? No Leeloo? No Hit-Girl?

emma watson

You know kung fu? I know motherfucking MAGIC.

Then, right after the sexist montage, the camera pans to Emma Watson in the audience, politely clapping for the glaring omission of Hermione from the tribute to heroes. The look on her face was exactly what every woman was thinking, “Apparently being a hero is a man’s job. This is bullshit.”

I was freaking out and lady ranting about the tribute to penis. But, I don’t think you can really get angry until you do the math. I needed to science this problem.

I went online and found the entire clip of the Heroes Tribute and made a table of every hero in order of their appearance, noting the length of their time on screen. Most of the clips were really fast, but to simplify, my minimum time was one second and I rounded to the nearest second for each clip. This is a rough estimate of every hero clip in the montage:

2014 Oscars Hero Tribute

Hero

Time on Screen (seconds)

Captain America

1

Katniss Everdeen

1

Zorro

1

Superman

2

Iron Man

1

Harry Potter

1

Ethan Edwards

1

Jay

1

Gandalf and Frodo

1

Frodo

1

Rick Blaine

1

Indiana Jones

2

Kirk

4

Brody

3

Ethan Hunt

1

Katniss Everdeen

6

Spider-Man

3

Harry Potter

2

Iron Man

1

Batman

1

Jake Sully and Neytiri

1

Daniel Larusso

1

Luke Skywalker

1

Rocky

2

Dre Parker

1

Iron Man

1

Captain America

1

Neo

1

Morpheus

1

The Bride

1

John McClane

1

The Avengers

3

Bill Munny

1

King Leonidas

1

Terminator

1

President Thomas J. Whitmore

1

The Ghostbusters

1

Maximus

1

Inigo Montoya

1

El Mariachi

1

Superman

2

Optimus Prime

1

Jason Bourne

1

Lee and Carter

1

Robin Hood

1

Roman

1

Transformer

1

Spartacus

1

Gandalf

1

Jack Sparrow

1

Ryan Stone

1

Indiana Jones

1

Logan

1

James Bond

4

Superman

1

Lee

1

Ripley

1

Hulk

1

Thor

1

Pi Patel

1

Brody

1

Storm

1

Inspector Jacques Clouseau

1

Neo

1

Dr. Emmett Brown

1

Harry Potter

2

King Leonidas

1

Rooster Cogburn

1

Luke Skywalker

1

President James Marshall

1

Logan

1

Superman

1

Maverick

1

Batman

1

Daniel Larusso

1

Terminator

1

Katniss Everdeen

1

John McClane

1

Jean Grey

1

Enterprise

1

Ethan Hunt

1

James Bond

2

Jake Sully Avatar

1

Ren McCormack

1

Maverick

1

C-3PO

1

George Bailey

1

Hogwarts

1

Django

1

Hushpuppy

1

Captain Steven Hiller and David Levinson

1

Iron Man and Pepper Potts

1

Batman

1

Spider-Man

1

Superman

1

 

In summary, I counted 95 clips, with nine of them being women (and three of those are Katniss). The lucky ladies to make the cut were Katniss Everdeen, Tarantino’s Bride from Kill Bill, Ryan Stone from Gravity, Ripley, Storm, Jean Grey, and Hushpuppy from Beasts of the Southern Wild. It works out to 9.5% of clips in the Heroes Montage are women. Less than 10%.

My next step was to isolate the list by hero. I also removed the Enterprise and Hogwarts, although by all rights they are characters in themselves. But this is about the hero and calculating a gender split. There are also three clips that I consider to have both genders: Jake Sully and Neytiri, The Avengers, and Pepper Potts gets in there while she’s smooching Iron Man. Lucky her. Part of me feels like that clip is actually the biggest problem with the montage, representing women as damsels in distress or objectified prizes for heroes, but I have graphs to make, so I’ll let it slide. Also, the list is now alphabetized, because that’s how I roll.

2014 Oscars Tribute By Hero

Hero

Time on Screen (seconds)

Batman

3

Bill Munny

1

Brody

4

C-3PO

1

Captain America

3

Captain Steven Hiller and David Levinson

1

Django

1

Dr. Emmett Brown

1

El Mariachi

1

Ethan Edwards

1

Ethan Hunt

2

Gandalf and Frodo

3

George Bailey

1

Harry Potter

5

Hulk

1

Hushpuppy

1

Indiana Jones

3

Inigo Montoya

1

Inspector Jacques Clouseau

1

Iron Man

3

Iron Man and Pepper Potts

1

Jack Sparrow

1

Jake Sully

1

Jake Sully and Neytiri

1

James Bond

6

Jason Bourne

1

Jay

1

Jean Grey

1

John McClane

2

Karate Kid

3

Katniss Everdeen

8

King Leonidas

2

Kirk

4

Lee

1

Lee and Carter

1

Logan

2

Luke Skywalker

2

Maverick

2

Maximus

1

Morpheus

1

Neo

2

Pi Patel

1

President James Marshall

1

President Thomas J. Whitmore

1

Ren McCormack

1

Rick Blaine

1

Ripley

1

Robin Hood

1

Rocky

2

Roman

1

Rooster Cogburn

1

Ryan Stone

1

Spartacus

1

Spider-Man

4

Storm

1

Superman

6

Terminator

2

The Avengers

3

The Bride

1

The Ghostbusters

1

Thor

1

Transformers

2

Zorro

1

 

Once this list of heroes was complete, I made a small table by gender. Some characters are hard to classify because they are robots. I left the Terminator as male, but decided to put C-3PO and the Transformers into a third category that’s kind of gender neutral, “Robots.” As it is, the Heroes Tribute was biased towards male, with men accounting for 81% of the screen time. If the robots are included as men, it moves up to 84%. The on screen time for women in the 2014 Oscars Tribute to Heroes worked out to a mere 12%. I’m well within my rights to be outraged. Even making pie charts did not console me.

2014 Oscars Hero Tribute By Gender

Hero

Time on Screen (seconds)

%

Male

95

81

Female

14

12

Both

5

4

Robot

3

3

pie

She-Hulk is MAD about this. You should be too.

Of course, I understand that films, especially superhero movies, are biased towards male characters. It would be difficult to create a montage of iconic heroes and not be decidedly penis-heavy. I think the creation of the montage highlights a glaring problem: There are too few strong, female protagonists in film. Instead of complaining about it, let’s fix it. Let’s use this as an opportunity to promote stories and scripts that showcase kick ass female characters. And robots, clearly we also need more robots.

– Roz Y.

A microbiologist turned screenwriter, she loves all things science. Roz enjoys video games (the cake is a lie!) and reading comic books, and arguing with other geeks about both. Inspired by screenwriters like Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright, Fran Walsh, and Joss Whedon, her favourite genres are science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Roz is so cool she plays the French Horn and has a collection of fabulous head bands.

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  • March 9, 2014

    Roz Y.

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