The Academy And mtvU Name Winners Of “Oscar® Experience College Search”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, have announced the six winners of the "Oscar Experience College Search" for aspiring filmmakers. The winners will appear live on stage to deliver Oscar statuettes to ceremony presenters at the Academy Awards® on Oscar Sunday, February 24th.

The winners are:

  • ChaRon Brabham – SUNY Potsdam (NY) – Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Jennifer Brofer – University of Texas at Austin (TX) – Hometown: Austin, Texas
  • Abe Diaz – DePaul University (IL) – Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
  • Hearin Ko – Emerson College (MA) – Hometown: Shanghai, China
  • Tatenda Mbudzi – UCLA (CA) – Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
  • AJ Young – Columbia College Chicago (IL) – Hometown: Mesa, Arizona

The winners were individually notified by show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "We created this contest when we came on board to produce this year's OSCARS®," said Zadan and Meron. "We felt that every person on the Oscar stage should have a passion for film and its future, and there is no better way to inspire young filmmakers than to make them part of film's most important night."

The contest was open to college students across the country and required them to submit a video responding to the question "How will you contribute to the future of movies?" The winners' videos can be viewed at

United Airlines, the official airline sponsor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and of the 2013 Academy Awards telecast, will roll out the red carpet to fly the winners to Los Angeles for their Oscar Experience.

In addition to their appearance on the Oscar stage, the students will be treated to film industry experiences including a visit to The Academy Library to see its renowned memorabilia collections; studio tours; and a meet and greet with this year's Academy Award Nominees in the Short Film category.

Samsung Galaxy, proud sponsor of the Oscars, will be providing each winner with a Samsung Galaxy Note® II to document their experience. The behind-the-scenes stories of the College Presenters will be seen on and Samsung social sites.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to or download the official Oscars app.

About mtvU
Broadcast to more than 750 college campuses, mtvU reaches upwards of 9 million U.S. college students – making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are: on-air, online and on campus. mtvU programs music videos from emerging artists that can't be seen anywhere else, news, student life features and initiatives that give college students the tools to advance positive social change. mtvU is always on campus, with more than 250 events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more. For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit

Contact Information

Toni Thompson,The Academy

Jake Urbanski, mtvU


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