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AJ at the Oscars

Photo: Sara Nevels, Courtesy of Talk Studios
F&V student AJ Young was one of six aspiring filmmakers named in the Oscar Experience College Search by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, who appeared live on stage handing out Oscar statuettes to ceremony presenters at the Academy Awards® on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013.

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 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."

In addition to their appearance on the Oscar stage, the students were 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, provided 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 Oscar.com and Samsung social sites.