Channing Tatum and Academy Unveil ‘Team Oscar’

Channing Tatum and Academy Unveil 'Team
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The six members of  “Team Oscar” have been unveiled, with all of them set to deliver Oscar statuettes to the presenters at the March 2 Oscarcast.

The six, chosen via a college search, were announced on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” by the Oscar host, along with Channing Tatum, and Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, representing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

“We created this contest last year to give students who are passionate about film, the opportunity to set their sights on the future,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We received so many inspiring submissions this year that it made for a difficult choice, but the talent and stories of these six winners really represent what Team Oscar is all about and convinced us that they are a perfect fit for the Oscar stage.”

The “Team Oscar” winners are: Zaineb Abdul-Nabi, U. of Michigan (hometown: Bronx, N.Y.); Tayo Amos, Stanford U. (hometown: Mountain View, CA); Nathan Flanagan-Frankl, Chapman U. (hometown: Northbrook, Ill.); Jeanpaul Isaacs, Rutgers U. (hometown: South Brunswick, N.J.); Bryson Kemp, Muhlenberg College (hometown: North East, Md.); Mackenna Millet, Pepperdine U. (hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA).

“I was blown away by the quality of the videos the students created, and more importantly, by the visions they represented,” said Tatum. “It was a tough choice, but I’m proud of the winners we chose and can’t wait to share the Oscars stage with them.”

The winners were individually notified by Zadan and Meron. Administered through the Academy’s Facebook page, “Team Oscar” was open to U.S. college students and required them to submit a creative short video explaining how they will contribute to the future of movies and answer a brief essay question on a similar topic. Winners were selected by Zadan, Meron, Tatum and the Academy.

In addition to their appearance on the Oscars, the students will be treated to a week of industry experiences including a visit to the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library to see its renowned collections; studio tours; and meet and greets with filmmakers at Oscar Week events.

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  1. Buster Treadway says:

    The Team Oscar winner who submitted the video entitled “John Williams is my idol” appears to have broken the contest rule which prohibited the use of copyrighted material. His entire video is almost exclusively the copyrighted work of other composers. Clearly there needs to be greater clarification on the limits of fair use of copyrighted material in this contest.
    In addition, the submitted video “Passion and drive equals Team Oscar” appears to be from someone who is already established in the profession, having had film selected for the Cannes film festival. If this is not a violation of the rules, per se, it certainly seems to go against the spirit of the contest, which is supposed to foster new, unknown talent. He also used copyrighted material from the news broadcast.

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