The MTV Awards are on tonight, so while I’m totally exited for Jared Leto’s perfect ombre and a sneak peak of the new X-Men movie (CANNOT WAIT, YOU GUYS), I have an issue with the awards categories.
So, while MTV is being cutesy and creative with their “Best #WTF Moment” and “Best Scared as S**t Performances” categories, they completely failed with their “Best Hero” slot. MTV’s “Best Heroes” category does not include women; namely, this category does not include Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire. Which is in almost every category this year (“Movie of the Year, “Best Female Performance,” “Best Male Performance,” “Best Fight,” “Best On-Screen Transformation,” “Favorite Character,” and “Best Villain”).
Here’s who is considered a hero, though: Channing Tatum in White House Down (that was a thing?), Chris Hemsworth in Thor, Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, Martin Freeman in The Hobbit, and Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3.
I’m not seeing Jennifer Lawrence, who is the hero of Catching Fire on that list. Not cool.
So, in honor of Katniss, here are 6 reasons why Jennifer Lawrence should have been nominated for the “Best Hero” award:
1. Let’s face it: J.Law embodies Katniss
Every tiny bit of Jennifer Lawrence goes into playing the role of The Girl on Fire. She plays a tough, compassionate, and selfless heroine who is able to start a revolution with merely an offering of berries. The way she says, “[Panem] must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down” to President Snow in Catching Fire, gave me very real chills.
2. Jennifer Lawrence refused to lose weight for the role
People initially protested her casting, arguing that Katniss was supposed to be “waifish,” not curvy. Of course, not many noticed that Josh Hutcherson was not the tall Peeta described in the book, and the actor who played Clove wasn’t big and buff. In response to all this, Jennifer Lawrence refused to budge with her weight and embraced her figure for the role. By doing this, Jennifer illustrated that a hero can have hips and still kick ass.
3. Suzanne Collins believes her to be the perfect Katniss
Collins stated that Jennifer Lawrence had “every essential quality necessary to play Katniss,” and “never thought we’d find somebody this amazing for the role,” and praised Jennifer for being “powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave.”
4. Katniss’ complicated relationship with Peeta is performed really well
Even though I don’t think The Hunger Games trilogy needed a love triangle to be successful, the way Katniss handles it is believable and heart-wrenching. In the book, I honestly didn’t care whether she would end up with Peeta or Gale. In the movie, however, I’m floored by Jennifer’s performance as Peeta’s pseudo fiancée and Gale’s genuine love interest.