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Do You Know How Many Of These Oscar Nominees Pass The Bechdel Test?

Hint: not many.

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What is the Bechdel-Wallace test??

The Bechdel-Wallace test is an evaluation method created by Liz Wallace to identify sexism through the gender divide in a movie, TV series, comic, or play. The evaluation is based upon the following:

# There must be at least 2 female characters.

# The characters must be named.

# Said characters must talk to each other at some point in the movie, play, etc.

# Said conversation must not be about a man, even if they're not involved in a romantic relationship with that man (so two sisters talking about their father wouldn't pass the test).

  1. Does this movie pass the test?

    A24 / Plan B Entertainment / Upload Films
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Even though the film has two female protagonists (Paula and Teresa), they don't talk to each other on screen.

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  2. How about this one?

    Amazon Studios / K Period Media / B Story / CMP / Pearl Street Films
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    None of the women in the movie, not even the two most important characters in the story (played by Gretchen Mol and Michelle Williams), talk to each other.

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  3. And this one?

    Summit Entertainment / Gilbert Films / Impostor Pictures / Marc Platt Productions
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Emma Stone hangs out with three of her friends, yes... but they aren't even named.

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  4. Does this movie pass the test?

    CBS Films / Sidney Kimmel Entertainment / Oddlot Entertainment / Film 44 / LBI Entertainment / Oddlot Entertainment production
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    As quoted on bechdeltest.com: "This movie only barely has two women in it - they exist more as props that happen to have names. Waitstaff, ex-wives, that sort of thing."

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  5. And this one?

    Paramount / FilmNation / Lava Bear Films / 21 Laps Entertainment
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Technically, this film passes the test: there are several conversations between mother and daughter, although the daughter isn't named until almost the end of the movie.

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  6. And this movie?

    Lionsgate / Pandemonium Films / Permut Productions / Vendian Entertainment / Kylin Pictures
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A war movie directed by Mel Gibson that doesn't pass the test? Shocker! The movie does have two named female characters, but they never talk to each other.

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  7. What about this one?

    Paramount Pictures / Scott Rudin Productions
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Only one woman appears in the movie, although it's assumed that there are two more female characters who are only mentioned and never appear on screen.

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  8. And this movie?

    See-Saw Films / Screen Australia / Sunstar Entertainment / Weinstein Company
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The movie has two relatively important female characters (played by Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara), but they never meet each other.

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  9. And lastly, does this movie pass the test?

    Fox 2000 Pictures
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Of course! You just have to look at the poster. This movie passes with flying colors.

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