Academy Pitches Oscarcast Roles For Film Students With Contest

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been trying to draw younger eyeballs to its Oscar telecast for years. Here’s the latest way to entice them to tune in: make them part of the show. The Academy and mtvU announced today they are partnering for “The Oscar Experience College Search”, whereby college students interested in pursuing careers in film will compete for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters during the 85th Academy Awards ceremony February 24 on ABC. Oscar host Seth MacFarlane announced the program as a guest professor on college network mtvU’s series Stand In, taking over a film class at UCLA for an episode that will premiere December 10. The contest runs through January 19 and students can apply through the Academy’s Facebook page.

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