*Inspired by Shirley MacLaine's assertion that the best parts for actresses fall into one of the above categories.

This just in from The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (yes, such a thing exists) — men outnumber women nearly 3 to 1 on the silver screen. The study, conducted at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, also notes that "females are over five times as likely as males to be shown in alluring apparel and are roughly three times as likely as males (10.6% vs. 3.4%) to be shown with an unrealistically 'ideal' body." That's the bad news. The good news is several female actresses have recently been awarded parts that show off something other than their 'ideal bodies': their acting chops. After the jump, an assessment of parts just assigned to Jezebel girl crush Amanda "Big Love" Seyfried, Hilary Swank, Uma Thurman, and Mary Steenburgen. There's nary a hooker or doormat to be found (and only one victim)!

Hilary Swank, Amelia: Swank stars as the daring avatrix in this Mira Nair-directed biopic. Verdict: Amelia Earhart + Mira Nair = A-OK.

Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer's Body: In this Diablo Cody-penned horror movie, Amanda will play Neely, the "bookish" best friend of cheerleader Jennifer. After Jennifer becomes possessed and starts eating dudes, Neely eventually saves the day. Verdict: ass-kickingly ok!

Mary Steenburgen, Open Road: Mary plays the ailing mother of Justin Timberlake, who is struggling to reconnect with his estranged star athlete father. Verdict: sounds like a victim. Steenburgen's character is only in the movie because she's frail and shit.


Uma Thurman, Eloise in Paris: Adapted from Kay Thompson's popular children's book of the same title, Uma is playing Nanny, who has the tedious job of corralling feisty Eloise. Verdict: even though Eloise exhausts her, the Nanny is mainly a cool British bird. She's okay in our book.

The Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media Releases New Findings: Males Outnumber Females Almost 3 To 1 In Films [PR Newswire]
Seyfried In 'Body' Cast [Hollywood Reporter]
Trio Will Hit 'Open Road' [Variety]
Hilary Swank To Play Amelia Earhart [Variety]
Uma Thurman Joins 'Eloise In Paris' [Variety]