This year’s edition of the Academy Awards has suffered various modifications, according to organizers. After preparing a special event for the celebration of musicals, co-producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have decide to replace the models that usually bring the trophies on stage with six aspiring filmmakers. The latter will carry the Oscar statuettes every time the nominees for one category are presented, CBS News informs.
The Academy is determined to do more to support the young generations of talented people who want to enter the film industry. As a result, the co-producers of the show, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan organized a special contest at the end of which six aspiring movie makers were selected to carry the trophies for this year’s edition of the Oscars.
This job was usually performed by models, but Meron and Zadan realized the practice had nothing to do with the concept of the gala, namely, to promote the best productions in the industry. “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,” Meron explained. They preferred, instead, to hand this responsibility to people who are passionate about films and would like to start a career in this domain.
The selection process was rather lengthy due to the large number of students who decided to participate. Meron and Zadan asked interested college students to write essays explaining how they would contribute to the future of film. They received applications from 1,100 students, but only six of them have been selected to feature on the Oscar telecast.
The winners of the contest walked on stage for the first time during the Wednesday’s rehearsals. The majority of them was surprised to see that they had been selected as trophy carriers and was glad to be able to set up a new tradition for the prestigious event. The winners have all declared in their essays that taking part in the Oscars will be a “life-changing” experience for them. Meron and Zadan think this practice could become a new annual Oscar tradition.