There’s nothing Ellen Degeneres likes more than her hometown of New Orleans and male strippers — at least if you buy the intro that actor Channing Tatum (Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street) received during a satellite appearance on Friday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he kicked off this year’s Team Oscar college search.
The competition is aimed at giving young filmmakers an opportunity to appear on stage during the live Oscar broadcast.
Tatum and Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will pick the six winners of this year’s competition. Students who win will be flown out to attend the 86th annual Academy Awards where they will deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters on stage.
“It’s inspiring to see talented young people passionate about movies, and I’m excited to help shine a spotlight on them through Team Oscar,” said Tatum who will return to The Ellen DeGeneres Show sometime early next year to announce the Team Oscar winners. Team Oscar is open to U.S. college students and runs through Jan. 5, 2014. To enter, students must visit The Academy’s Facebook page and submit a creative short video explaining how they will contribute to the future of movies. Additionally, entrants will be asked to answer a brief essay question on a similar topic.
Watch this short video to learn more about creating a winning entry:
Ellen DeGeneres is set to host the 86th annual Academy Awards which will air on Sunday, March 2, 2014.