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Seth MacFarlane Announces Oscars Contest

Leah Harari |
December 1, 2012 | 1:37 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter


Seth MacFarlane (Photo Credit- Pinterest)
Seth MacFarlane (Photo Credit- Pinterest)
Hollywood's biggest awards show is shaking things up this year. 

On an episode of mtvU's - MTV'S channel specializing in all things college - series "Stand-In," host of the 85th Annual Acadamy Awards and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane announced "The Oscar Experience College Search" to a UCLA "Overview of Contemporary Film Industry" class. In the national search, sponsored by mtvU and the Academy, young Oscar hopefuls pursuing careers in film will compete for the grand prize—the opportunity to present the coveted golden statuette onstage to the award show's winners. Gone are the typical leggy models and socialites of Oscars past—replaced by college students. 

"For a film student to go to the Oscars and be a part of presenting is a huge break," said MacFarlane in an Academy press release. 

To enter, contestants have to shoot and upload a video answering the question, "How will you contribute to the future of movies?" At least six winners will be chosen and flown out to Los Angeles. The competition will run through January 19. More information can be found on the contest's webpage

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron discussed the award show's decision to make such a nontraditional move. "In re-imagining what we want the Oscar show to be, we wanted everyone appearing on that stage to feel a deep commitment to film and its legacy, and most importantly, its future. That was the impetus in creating this special honor for young film students who will inspire a new generation to create the films that will be honored in the future."

MacFarlane's episode of "Stand In" will air December 10. 

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