Oscar host Seth MacFarlane came to the basement classroom full of UCLA college kids to make one announcement — that they and other students across the country are eligible for a new contest that could bring them to the Academy Awards stage this year.
But MacFarlane (who’s also one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year) ended up making an even bigger revelation during a Q&A session with the wannabe film pros — he has a story in place for a Family Guy movie.
His appearance at the class Wednesday was filmed by the student-themed mtvU as part of its “Stand In” series about guest professors, and was designed to kick off The Oscar Experience College Search. “Basically, they’re looking for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the film industry,” MacFarlane said. “You enter this search, you win a trip to L.A.”
The UCLA kids had a good laugh at that one, while a chagrined MacFarlane explained, “Yeah. Okay. All right …”, that this was a nationwide contest, people. “And you get to go up onstage and help me hand out some Oscars,” he said.
That’s right, guys and gals — YOU could be one of the folks onstage handing Oscars to presenters during the ceremony.
Those interested in becoming one of the approximately six participants during the Feb. 24 telecast should seek out more information on the Academy’s official Facebook page. Applicants just need to fill out a form, and upload a 30 second video answering the question: “How will you contribute to the future of movies?”
The plan was created by Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as a way to make young filmmakers feel connected to the show. “We wanted everyone appearing on that stage to feel a deep commitment to film and its legacy and, most importantly, its future,” they said in a statement.
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