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Every aspiring actor and filmmaker has at some point imagined what it would be like to take to the stage on Oscar night. Now, six such dreamers will have the chance thanks to a change in Oscar tradition.
While past winners and Hollywood icons are the ones chosen to present the awards on Oscar night, the actual trophy is traditionally carried by a gorgeous model. However, the AP has got word that the Academy Awards is mixing it up this year, giving film students the chance to become a part of Oscar history.
The telecast's co-producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan created a contest, asking film students "How will you contribute to the future of film?" From more than 1,100 submissions—in the form of essays and 30-second videos—a lucky six were selected to play a part in the 85th Academy Awards. Speaking on the change-up, Meron offered:
"This tradition of the buxom babe that comes out and brings the trophy to the presenter to give to the winner seemed to be very antiquated and kind of sexist, too. They're just there to be objectified. Why can't we have people who actually care about film and are the future of film be the trophy presenters?"
Meron and Zadan hope their innovation of film student presenters will continue on, rather than reverting back to models next year.
The contest winners have begun rehearsals for the event, and are getting a Hollywood makeover complete with fitted tuxedos and gowns. Among them are a 20-year-old theater major from Brooklyn, NY, a 19-year-old Emerson College sophomore born in Seoul, Korea, a chemistry major from DePaul University in Chicago, a 30-year-old Marine Corps veteran who studies film at the University of Texas, a 23-year-old from Columbia College Chicago, and a Zimbabwe-born student of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Keep an eye out for each as the Oscar's air February 24th at 7PM on ABC.