Two Chicago college students are among the half-dozen aspiring filmmakers who won a contest to present this year's Oscar statuettes.
Oscar co-producer Neil Meron told the Associated Press that "this tradition of the buxom babe that comes out and brings the trophy to the presenter to give to the winner seemed to be very antiquated and kind of sexist, too. Why can't we have people who actually care about film and are the future of film be the trophy presenters?"
The contest asked college students to submit a short video that answered the question, "How will you contribute to the future of movies?"
More than 1,000 students took part. Here are the six winning entries:
A.J. Young, Columbia College Chicago
Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.
Abe Diaz, DePaul University
Hometown: Duluth, Minn.
ChaRon Brabham, SUNY Potsdam, New York
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Jennifer Brofer, University of Texas at Austin
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Hearin Ko, Emerson College in Massachusetts
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Tatenda Mbudzi, UCLA
Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe