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College student inspired by Oscars ceremony

Ahh awards season! For some of us, the favorite time of the year. A time where we can see some of Hollywood's biggest and up-and-coming celebrities all decked out for the finale of the all of the awards shows combined, the Oscars! Although lengthy, with coverage beginning at 10:30am and ending at showtime, the Oscars still receives many views and is talked about strongly the next day. Although some may think that that Oscars is a bit 'upscale'. While it is indeed among some of the most 'sophistocated' awards shows of awards season, it still has some relatable aspects to it. One of which would be the wide range of nominees. As the years have gone by, it seems as though the Academy has branched out in the types of films that receive nominations. While there are quite a few hard-hitting dramas, there were also comedies, and kids' movies like 'Brave'. Along with young actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway up for best actress awards. But one thing that really touched me in this year's Oscars that really made me feel proud about my field of study (journalism) was the contest that they did this year for the trophy presenters. Instead of having models present the Oscar trophies, this year the Academy hosted a video contest where over 1,000 film students submitted a 30-second video on how their films are contributing to the future. Out of the 1,100 that submitted videos, only six were picked. Among those six, was a female former marine core RTF (Radio-Television-Film) major in her third year at my university that I am currently attending. Multiple celebrities shared articles about this new change, and the trophy presenters even got a feature in the show itself. It was at this moment, that watching the Oscars really did change my life. At this year's Oscars we saw actor Ben Affleck receive the 'best picture' award for his very first film that he directed and starred in on his own. I also saw a fellow student within the same field as me's dreams come true by getting to not only attend the Oscars, but also be recognized during them, as well as attend the Governor's Ball and receive a pep talk from Ben Affleck. It was at this moment, that my hope in becoming a famous reporter or filmmaker was restored. Because this year wasn't about the famous actors and actresses, but it was a year for the dreamers of today (like me). 

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Tags: UT, awards, communication, film, inspiration, journalism, oscars

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