Oscar host Seth MacFarlane went in search of some college kids who thought they could change the movies, and is going to jumpstart their careers by handing them Oscars.
Of course, they’ll have to immediately hand them to someone else. But still …
It was part of a plan by Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to recruit trophy handlers for the Feb. 24 show from a pool of aspiring filmmakers rather than just the usual assortment of models. The “Oscar Experience College Search” was a joint venture between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the college network MTVu.
Contenders had to submit 30-second videos of themselves answering the question “How will you contribute to the future of movies?”
All have their charms, but EW’s favorite is a tie between the one with do-it-yourself magical realism and the one who manages to squeeze parodies of Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams and Terrence Malick into only half-a-minute.
Here are the winners, and below are their winning videos:
ChaRon Brabham – SUNY Potsdam – Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Jennifer Brofer – University of Texas at Austin – Hometown: Austin, Texas
Abe Diaz – DePaul University – Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
Hearin Ko – Emerson College – Hometown: Shanghai, China
Tatenda Mbudzi – UCLA – Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
AJ Young – Columbia College Chicago – Hometown: Mesa, Arizona