The Oscars just got a whole lot more adorable.
This marks the sixth year in a row that Maggie Storino and her daughters Sophia, 5, Sadie, 3 and 8-month-old newcomer Sloane have used props and costumes to stage scenes around each best picture nominee.
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While the mom says the routine isn’t much more chaotic than getting the girls dressed normally, she jokes that “if the Academy wanted to make my job easier, they could nominate more films with unicorns and mermaids.”
Each setup takes about a week to prepare, and the photo sessions last around five minutes. “It feels like a giant scavenger hunt where we search the neighborhood for props and scenery,” Storino explains.
Below are the scene recreations from this year’s crop of Best Picture nominees, along with behind-the-scenes details Storino told Vanity Fair, which first published the images.
Sophia looks unbearably cute in her imitation of Leonardo DiCaprio’s mountain man Hugh Glass from The Revenant.
In order to achieve the look, Storino hunted for a discount giant teddy bear, which she destuffed and draped over Sophia’s head like a bearskin poncho. “She wanted to put her arms and legs in the bear’s arms and legs, like a snowsuit,” the mom said, noting that, “The “trapper chic” look is apparently not trending with the 5-year-old set.”
Cardboard and wallpaper formed the cloudy skies background for the Room. “To prompt these expressions, I asked them to look at each other like they loved each other and they said, ‘We do love each other, but we don’t hug each other with our eyes closed,’ ” Storino explained. “And I said, ‘Today you do.’ ”
While Storino admits that capturing a scene from such a “sensitive” film was “tricky,” ultimately the presence of one of the film’s great actors made the choice a no brainer: “You can never go wrong with Stanley Tucci. He’s a national treasure.”
In The Martian, Matt Damon’s character is forced to get creative while salvaging for parts he can use to survive. But not even his glorified space MacGyver could’ve figured out how to make such a convincing space helmet out of socks, a onesie and a hot glue gun.
“Sloane stood up for the first time the day we took this photo,” Storino said. “That might be why she looks so proud in this picture. As any parent knows, it’s one small step for man, one giant leap for baby-kind.”
Mad Max: Fury Road
This still required extra road warriors from the neighborhood, who were enlisted for their riding toys. The shot was taken on the shore of Lake Michigan. “After I took the photo, the kids rode around on the beach with reckless abandon, so it was a bit of life imitating art,” Storino wrote.
“This might look like a simple pose, but it’s hard to pull off if you’re three-years-old,” Storino joked, adding that everything from the weight of the purse to the way Saoirse Ronan holds her sun glasses turned into an issue.
This was the girl’s favorite picture due to their love of the movie, and the fact that they were able to paint on their bedroom walls in order to created the door backdrop.
Bridge of Spies
Apparently the girls confused this Cold War drama for the upcoming Barbie Movie, Barbie: Spy Squad, which led to some disappointment when it came time to get into costume. “Their dad’s overcoats paled in comparison to pink spandex jumpsuits,” Storino notes.
The Big Short
This still afforded Sophia the opportunity to once again don a man’s sport coat: “She’s worn this jacket in The Theory of Everything, Wolf of Wall Street, Argo, Selma, and Twelve Years a Slave. And she’s never worn it in real life.”
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