While the Academy has never officially recognized “cuteness” at their annual Oscars celebration (if they did, Meg Ryan would have swept the category in the ’90s), these adorable little actors deserve a standing ovation for their reenactments of this year’s eight Best Picture nominees. And yes, they know there are nine movies nominated, but they didn’t have time to sit through all of them, okay?
The four minute video is an ideal pre-Oscars crib sheet if you too couldn’t fit every single nominated film into your viewing schedule. A co-production from YouTube comedy channel Cinefix and Mom.me, the Kid Oscars video stars a group of wig-wearing kindergarteners cleverly summing up the essential plot points of Gravity, Nebraska, Her, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, and 12 Years a Slave. (Can you spot the missing title?)
If you’re the kind of movie keener who’s watched every single Best Picture contender, then consider this a refresher.
One thing the clip sheds light on is just how many moustaches figure into this year’s Oscar race – there’s barely a kid in the clip who doesn’t have a fake one plastered to their little face. The video also highlights just how difficult is is for kids to open car doors (Nebraska) and how inappropriate it is for them to act out scenes about slavery (12 Years a Slave).
One final shocking thing revealed by the Kid Oscars clip: it turns out that Gravity was shot in a film studio using a green screen and a VFX team, not in outer space. Kind of makes you wonder whether George Clooney and Sandra Bullock have ever even set foot outside the earth’s atmosphere. I think these kids might have just cost Alfonso Cuarón the Academy’s Best Director prize.
Watch all the Oscars excitement unfold LIVE on March 2 at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on CTV.