A ranking the 2015 Oscar-nominated films for their representation of girls and women. These are not “reviews” of the films! These are simply examinations of how well or how poorly they depict girls and women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film. My reviews are linked from each rating page.)
I crunched numbers on the 153 films that opened in wide release in the United States between December 25, 2014, and December 18, 2015. Get an introduction to this analysis here. You can examine a comprehensive spreadsheet of the details about these 153 films here.
KEY: [ F ] = film has a female protagonist [ Fe ] = film has an ensemble that is predominantly or entirely female [ f ] = film has a female coprotagonist alongside a male coprotagonist [ e ] = film has an ensemble with no clear protagonist that is reasonably gender balanced
Since my rating criteria were developed for feature films to examine the feature-film ecosystem, and shorts are another matter entirely, I am here noting only whether a nominated short has a female protagonist (FP), mostly female ensemble (FE), male and female coprotagonists (MP/FP), mixed-gender ensemble (E), or one or more male protagonists (MP).