If imitation is the highest form of flattery, these celebs showed their fellow stars some serious love

By Julia Emmanuele and Maria Yagoda
December 19, 2017 02:32 PM
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Who knew that Anna Kendrick‘s Kristen Stewart could be so on point?

The truth is, we’re living in a golden age of celebrity impressions, thanks in large part to the talent of those doing the impersonating – Ariana Grande, Anne Hathaway – but also to the sheer imperson-ability (yup, we’re making up words) of stars like Mike Tyson, Justin Bieber and Matthew McConaughey. Here are just a few of the best celeb-on-celeb impersonations that blew us away.

1. Anna Kendrick Does … Kristen Stewart

Aca-awesome! The Pitch Perfect 3 star gives an uncanny impression of the fellow actress, and we are shook.

2. Jimmy Fallon Does … Mike Tyson
Even incessant giggling can’t tarnish the integrity of Fallon’s Tyson, which is, vocally, spot on.

3. Justin Bieber Does … Ozzy Osbourne
Some people just rely on their voice or a certain movement for their impressions, but Bieber goes all out to truly inhabit the celebrities he’s impersonating. Case in point: To properly imitate Osbourne, Bieber broke out some black, lots and lots of eyeliner and (drum roll) one very unhappy (fake) bat.

4. Anne Hathaway Does Miley Cyrus
In a teaser for Thursday’s episode of Lip Sync Battle, Hathaway got into full method-mode to deliver this scary-good (also scary-scary) performance of Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” The actress, swinging from a real-life wrecking ball, nailed Cyrus’s mannerisms and attitude, all while rocking red lips and her iconic white underwear ensemble from the video.

5. Ariana Grande Does … Céline Dion
Though it was her first time talking (as opposed to singing) on a late-night talk show, Grande couldn’t help but flex her vocal muscles. Instead of doing one of her own songs, though, she broke out some “Beauty and the Beast,” complete with a French accent. She even threw in some signature chest slaps (though apologized for not doing more of those).

6. Benedict Cumberbatch Does … Alan Rickman
He’s garnered attention for playing famous figures like Alan Turing and Sherlock Holmes, but we think he deserves an award for his portrayal of Rickman (whom you probably know from Harry Potter and Love Actually).

7. Kate McKinnon Does … Justin Bieber
When Bieber’s Calvin Klein ads were released, it was only a matter of time before someone skewered him for the photos. That someone was McKinnon, and she did such a good job in the SNL spoof that even the Biebs had to respect her merciless impression, Tweeting: “well played. Lol.”

8. Andy Samberg Does … Nicolas Cage
There’s a reason SNL‘s “Get in the Cage” was a recurring segment. Between Samberg’s voice, his hairline and his expressions, it was pure genius. And apparently Cage wasn’t too offended, because there was that one time he joined the bit (and yes, they sounded exactly the same).

9. Kate Hudson Does … Matthew McConaughey
McConaughey impersonation is a competitive industry, with some of today’s most luminous stars trying their hands at his Texas drawl and meandering philosophical tangents. Frequent McConaughey costar Hudson threw her hat in the ring at a tribute to the actor (adding some much-needed gender diversity to the sport) and completely nailed it.

10. Jim Carrey Does … Matthew McConaughey
We would be remiss if we didn’t include just one more #McConaugheyonFleek example. Carrey spoofed the actor’s rambling Lincoln commercial with this world-class impression on SNL.

11. Julie Bowen Does … Sofia Vergara
Bowen has always talked about how much she loves Vergara, so this is a case of imitation truly being the sincerest form of flattery. She mimicked her Modern Family costar down to Vergara’s accent, sexy hair twirls and, uh, effortless horse-riding skills on Conan.

12. Paul Rudd Does … Robert De Niro
Both Rudd and Seth Rogen try their hands at De Niro during this scene in Knocked Up, but Rudd’s imitation is clearly superior. He not only nails the voice, but also the quintessential De Niro face (nearly closed eyes, raised eyebrows, down-turned mouth).

13. Nicole Scherzinger Does … Britney Spears
The singer expressed her love and respect for Spears before launching into a near-exact rendition of “Oops! I Did It Again” on Conan. (Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re listening to early-aughts Brit.)

14. Chris Pine Does … Christopher Walken
We didn’t know we needed another Christopher Walken impression (Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams and Kevin Pollak all put their spin on it) but Pine’s Walken, delivered on The Late, Late Show, is a welcome addition to the canon.

15. Jamie Foxx Does … John Legend
Sure, in his time playing musical impressions on The Tonight Show he mastered Mick Jagger and Dreamgirls co-star Jennifer Hudson, but it was Foxx’s dead-on “All of Me” that really made the rounds online.

16. Vanessa Bayer Does The Cast of Friends
Like most of America, we recognize the voices of the Friends gang instantaneously. So you may have to do a double take after listening to SNL star Vanessa Bayer’s impression of Phoebe, Monica, Chandler and especially Rachel.

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17. Selena Gomez Does Taylor Swift
Selena Gomez doesn’t need words to perfectly capture Taylor Swift; she hair-flipped and rocked out just like her blonde pal would – but seeing as she’s a longtime member of the squad, are we really surprised?