The Short of It
Every January Maggie Storino and her daughters, Sophia, 5, Sadie, 3—and now 8-month-old Sloane—spend their weekends creating the kid versions of moments from films up for Best Picture Oscars. And the results are pretty impressive.
"We start when the Best Picture nominees are announced and finish a week before the Oscars," Storino told Today.com. "It only takes a few minutes to take the actual photo, but it can take a while to put together the sets. I try to pick pictures based on props we already own. So when I saw that the doorknob in 'Brooklyn' matched our doorknobs, I knew we had to do that film still. It didn't matter that we didn't have anything else for the set, including the blue door, floral wallpaper or window. I knew we'd figure it out."
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"Between creating sets and discussing the photos, we spend a lot of thought on each photo," the super creative mom continued. "So when it comes time to take the actual picture, everyone is excited. Even if someone isn't in the picture, they're in the background trying to get a laugh or, in the case of my husband in 'Big Short,' keeping Sloane from eating Jenga blocks."
This year's reenactments include moments from the nominated films "The Big Short," "Bridge of Spies," "Brooklyn," "The Revenant," "Room," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Martian" and "Spotlight."
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"The Big Short"
My personal favorite is baby Sloane as Matt Damon in "The Martian." That face is just too sweet! Storino admits finding a mini-space suit was among her most difficult tasks this year; that and producing a fleet of play cars for the "Mad Max" scene.
"Bridge of Spies"
As for how long Storino plans to take on this annual project, she says until it's not fun anymore. For now, it seems her kids take their parts very seriously and enjoy researching the roles and helping to create the backdrops. And get this: the mom-of-three relayed a very funny story to Today.com: "This year, Sophia kept asking to see my 'Oscar photos' from when I was a kid. Until now, she thought this is how everyone spent their January weekends."
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What is your favorite photo in this year's collection?