It’s both amusing and a tad uncomfortable watching a kindergartener impersonate a civil rights icon or a wheelchair-bound physicist. But those are two standout moments from CineFix’s latest video, which features young children reenacting scenes and characters from the 2015 Best Picture Oscar nominees: Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Boyhood, American Sniper, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.
The Selma parody features a hilariously mustachioed young boy playing Martin Luther King Jr. (and adding a winking reference to Oprah Winfrey’s role in the film), while the Theory of Everything nod includes a wide-smiling Stephen Hawking proxy bragging about his accomplishments (“I’ve made three children in this wheelchair. What have you done?”).
Other highlights include one kid pondering why Ethan Hawke manages to not age in Boyhood, a tone-perfect homage to the deadpan acting style of The Grand Budapest Hotel and a J.K. Simmons-styled baldie via Whiplash screaming “Faster, faster, even more faster!” at a child drummer.
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel each secured nine nominations at this year’s Oscars, including Best Director (Alejandro Alejandro González Iñárritu and Wes Anderson, respectively), tying for the most of any film. The Imitation Game followed with eight nominations, including Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley).