The theme of last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was “Movie Heroes,” and during the event several video montages were presented to showcase people’s favorite movie heroes, including heroes from animated films, and a tribute to The Wizard of Oz for its 75th anniversary.
A tribute to movie superheroes was also presented, introduced by Chris Evans of Captain America and Fantastic Four fame. Although not all heroes presented in that montage were “super,” it paid homage to some of the biggest, most iconic heroic characters of cinema, such as Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker, Rocky Balboa, James Bond, and others.
Most importantly for us, however, the montage also featured our very own Katniss Everdeen, one of the (sadly) few female heroes presented in the piece, yet one of the most featured heroes overall. The video, which you can watch above, presents us first with Katniss’ symbol, the mockingjay pin, followed by her most well-known moment as she volunteers to take Prim’s place in The Hunger Games, and you can even catch a glimpse of a Catching Fire moment toward the end, as she shoots her arrow at the arena force field.
Without a doubt, this is a huge honor, and it cements Katniss’ (and The Hunger Games‘) place in pop culture and the history of movies as a whole. What do you think? What do you think this says of Katniss’ status as a female lead character, and as a hero overall? Go ahead and discuss in the comments!