TAYO AMOS, a Stanford senior, is among the college students who will hand gold statuettes to celebrity presenters during this year’s Academy Awards presentation. Amos is one of six winners of the “Team Oscar” competition, which invites U.S. college students to submit a creative short video explaining how they will contribute to the future of movies and to answer a brief essay question on a similar topic.
The winners were selected by actor CHANNING TATUM and Oscars producers CRAIG ZADAN and NEIL MERON and announced Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DEGENERES will host this year’s Academy Awards, which air March 2.
“We created this contest last year to give students who are passionate about film the opportunity to set their sights on the future,” Zadan and Meron said in a press release. “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.”
This may just be the first time the aspiring director, producer and editor gets to hold an Oscar in her hands. In her contest entry film, titled “I Want to Be a Part of the Movement,” she notes that the movie industry is risk-averse, but she hopes to create films in which “real people can connect with stories of human connection to show the beauty of all communities, marginalized or not,” and “show a better world so that we can envision a world of equality.” At Stanford, Amos is pursuing a double major in Science, Technology & Society and Iberian & Latin-American Cultures.
In addition to their appearance on the Oscars, Amos and her fellow team members will visit the academy’s Margaret Herrick Library to see its renowned collections, take in studio tours and meet with filmmakers at Oscar Week events.
The winning videos are available here.
— ELAINE RAY