Photographer Maggie Storino has been recreating the Oscar Best Picture nominees for seven years now, and since becoming a mom, she’s used her remarkably photogenic little girls as part of the project. Storino’s daughters, Sofia (6), Sadie (4) and Sloane (1), obligingly get into various costumes and wigs to portray the plethora of leading characters from the year’s most impactful movies.
The results are an adorable ode to film, and act as a whimsical reminder of what happens when we’re allowed to play pretend both onscreen and in real life.
These photoshoots are a perennial internet favorite, and Storino posts the priceless snapshots to her blog, Don’t Call Me Oscar.
This year, the girls went through an impressive array of transformations in the name of Oscar. They donned fatigues and wore fake wounds to replicate Hacksaw Ridge.
They looked dismal by the ocean and dressed like seagulls for Manchester By The Sea.
Sofia curled and colored her hair in true Nicole Kidman style for Lion.
The girls conspired in a room full of mysterious extraterrestrial messages for Arrival.
They slapped on some fake mustaches and some cowboy hats for Hell Or High Water.
The girls donned some 1950s garb and got their hair done for Fences.
One stood in the middle of a room full of “men” in ties for Hidden Figures.
The girls wore their best vibrant cocktail dresses (and broke out some dance moves) for La La Land.
And baby Sloane stood on the beach, gazing out at the sunset in an ode to Moonlight.
Regardless of who wins Best Picture in this year’s highly-anticipated and contentious Oscar race, it’s nice to be reminded that, at the end of the day, these movies are creative endeavors which exist to break through our collective cynicism and bring out our inner child. (More or less.) Despite the slew of Academy Award-inspired think pieces, these films are still stories, and we, like little kids, are drawn in with rapt attention.
I’m not saying that all movies should be recreated with young children in the lead roles, but I’m not not saying that, either.