1) Two named female characters 2) who talk to each other 3) about something other than a man
Let's see how the 2013 nominees for Best Picture measure up.
Amour: Pass. Eva speaks to her mother Ann in a few scenes.
Argo: Pass-ish. There are two named female characters, and they speak to one another to plan an escape from the embassy. However, these characters are basically glorified extras who only have names because they're based on real people.
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Pass. Miss Bathsheba asks Hushpuppy if she needs a ride home.
Django Unchained: Fail. There are only two named female characters, but they never converse.
Les Misérables: Pass. The women in the factory talk to Fantine about her daughter, Fantine talks to a hallucinated Cosette, and Mrs. Thénardier talks to Cosette about chores.
Life of Pi: Fail. There's only two characters in this movie, though, and one is a CGI tiger, so I'm willing to forgive it.
Lincoln: Fail. Mary Todd Lincoln has one brief conversation with Elizabeth Keckley, but it's about Rep. Stevens's speech, so it fails the third prong.
Silver Linings Playbook: Pass. Tiffany and Veronica speak to one another over dinner about Tiffany's desire to leave before dinner was finished.
Zero Dark Thirty: Fail-ish. Surprisingly, this movie starring two females and directed by a female fails the Bechdel Test because nearly all their conversations are about Osama Bin Laden, a man. They also discuss strategy, but it still revolves around a man.
Of the ten films nominated, only half pass the Bechdel Test. Even if you add up all of the conversations among women in these five films, they only account for a few minutes of dialogue. Hollywood has a long way to go when it comes to the portrayal of women in movies.