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What Team Oscar will look like

MUMBAI: Channing Tatum, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and the Academy have launched Team Oscar by inviting the next generation of filmmakers to create a short video and vie for the opportunity to appear onstage during the live Oscar broadcast.

Winners will deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters at the 87th Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday, 22 February, live in the US on ABC.

Zadan, Meron said, “We are thrilled to bring the Team Oscar competition back to the show for the third year, and that Channing Tatum will be our spokesperson and one of the judges. We are very happy that the idea we initiated has turned into an annual tradition, and is now open to a wider range of filmmakers who are passionate about film and the moviemaking process.”

Tatum said, “I’m honoured to be returning to launch the Team Oscar competition and encourage the next generation of filmmakers to join me onstage at this year’s Oscars. It’s inspiring to see how these young filmmakers rise to the challenge, and I can’t wait to see the talent we uncover.”

Team Oscar is open to US citizens, ages 18 to 30 (in previous years entries were limited to college students only), and submissions are due by 12 January. To enter, filmmakers must visit the Academy’s Facebook page, where they can submit a creative 60-second video on the subject, “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.”

Producers Zadan and Meron, along with Tatum and the Academy, will select up to six winners who will be flown to Los Angeles by United Airlines, the official airline of the Academy, to participate in the Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Tatum will announce the Team Oscar winners in early 2015.

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.