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Feb. 27 2014 8:31 AM

Quiz: Name That Best Picture Screenplay

Can you guess the Oscar-winner from just a few words that appear in its script?

What if you could break down Best Picture winners into five simple words? Slate analyzed the screenplays for the past 20 movies to take home the big prize, from Schindler’s List to Argo. For each screenplay, we found five words that appear in it—and in none of the others. These words reveal unique settings, images, and subjects. In the quiz below, can you guess which movie each set of words belongs to?

Name the Screenplay
Five words will appear slowly over the course of a minute. These words appear in one and only one screenplay for a Best Picture winner from the last 20 years, whether in dialogue or scene descriptions. Your mission: Guess the correct film. Act fast—the longer you wait, the more words you see, but the fewer points you’ll earn.
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Name the Screenplay
Which Best Picture screenplay includes the words below?
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Schindler's List
Forrest Gump
Braveheart
The English Patient
Titanic
Shakespeare in Love
American Beauty
Gladiator
A Beautiful Mind
Chicago
Return of the King
Million Dollar Baby
Crash
The Departed
No Country for Old Men
Slumdog Millionaire
The Hurt Locker
The King's Speech
The Artist
Argo

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Ben Blatt is a Slate staff writer and co-author of I Don't Care if We Never Get Back. Follow him on Twitter. Email him at ben.blatt@slate.com.