"A Trip to the Moon" was Georges Méliès, not the Lumieres.
These points don't only apply to action heroes: they apply to all heroes. (Though in some cases, we're not necessarily talking physical messiness or suffering.)
A lot of my favorites of the year did not do well. "Steve Jobs," "Suffragette." Pretty shocked that "Hateful Eight" was largely shut out, though it was not one of my favorites.