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Seth MacFarlane Crashes Professor Mann’s Contemporary Film Class

What a great idea. Instead of models escorting winners off the Oscar stage next February, it will be college students. Even better, per a press release from the Academy this morning, 2013 show host Seth MacFarlane announced the official launch of the related online contest by crashing UCLA professor Denise Mann’s (pictured) “Overview of Contemporary Film Industry” course:

MacFarlane announced “The Oscar Experience College Search” presented by The Academy and mtvU. College students who are interested in pursuing careers in film – writing, directing, producing, acting and more – are encouraged to vie for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters. In addition to appearing on the Oscar show, winners will be flown to Los Angeles and provided hotel accommodations.

So, to all campus cinema buffs, here’s the deal. Think about the question, “How will you contribute to the future of movies?”, put together a video answer and then head over to the Academy’s Facebook page.

Applicants have until January 19 to enter. FishbowlLA meanwhile salutes producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for this sliver of awards show reinvention. If the rest of the program is anywhere near as inspired, we’re back in Oscar telecast business.

[Photo of Mann courtesy UCLA]

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