The Academy is opening a chance for college kids to participate at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Dropping the news was upcoming Oscar host Seth MacFarlane who was at the time appearing before film students at the basement classroom of UCLA for the taping of mtvU's "Stand In".
Announcing Oscar Experience College Search, the "Family Guy" creator said, "Basically, they're looking for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the film industry. You enter this search, you win a trip to L.A." He added, "And you get to go up onstage and help me hand out some Oscars."
College students over the age of 18 can join the contest by making a 30-second video in which they explain, "How will you contribute to the future of movies?" and upload it on the Academy's official Facebook page. The contest is closed January 19 and at least six college students will be selected to serve as trophy carriers during the prize-giving event on February 24.
"Part of the goal with this year's Oscars is to broaden the audience and get viewers young and old and the like," MacFarlane told MTV News about the goal of the contest. "This is part of the effort to bring in a younger crowd, get them invested, get them engaged in the culturally important event that is the Academy Awards."
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who came up with the idea, explained in a statement, "We wanted everyone appearing on that stage to feel a deep commitment to film and its legacy and, most importantly, its future."
The Oscar contest wasn't the only thing MacFarlane talked about when showing up as guest lecturer at the UCLA classroom. He also confirmed that a "Family Guy" movie was a sure-thing, adding, "It's just a matter of when."
On the storyline, he hinted that it would be something that they couldn't do on the TV show. "That's the challenge with animation. You pretty much can do any story you want, so what is the reason for the movie? We finally hit on the answer to that question, and it will be something that would be impossible to do on TV," he said without revealing further details.
In other news, MacFarlane has been booked to make a cameo in the season 25 premiere of "The Simpsons". He will voice a character who tries to romance Marge as they learn they have a mutual interest in a "Downton Abbey"-ish series, "Upton Rectory".