Of course, the study neglects the positive influences media coverage can have on the public's perception of disease. Tom Hanks courageously took on the role of AIDS-infected Andrew Beckett in the 1993 film Philedelphia. It was the first major studio film (and the second major project after the made-for-TV movie And the Band Played On) to portray an AIDS sufferer as a normal person, fighting against the prevalent stereotypes of irresponsible, hedonistic gays who "deserved" to die. The film garnered Hanks an Oscar as well as placing his character on the AFI's Best Heroes and Villains list. More importantly, it helped its audience to re-evaluate its ideas about who contracts AIDS, which has led to a broadened public understanding of the importance of safe sex practices, and to fewer stigmas about, and more compassion for, AIDS victims. Although the media can do a lot of harm and can help to spread incomplete or incorrect information (election season anyone?), Hollywood can, under the best of circumstances, also work its magic for good.