How to Pronounce the Names of the ’12 Years a Slave’ Stars

You want to drop their names in conversation — but just don't know how

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The new movie 12 Years a Slave has been earning awards buzz — and a nice amount of box office in its limited release — and that means one thing: somebody, some day soon, will probably ask you what you think of it. You’ll probably want to mention some of the performances, which might put you in an awkward place, as the talented cast is full of polysyllabic names like Chiwetel Ejiofor.

We’ll take you through a few of the toughest — but you need to figure out “Brad Pitt” for yourself.

(MORE: Richard Corliss reviews 12 Years a Slave)