Gracing the Oscars Stage
Radio-Television-Film major among six students selected to replace models as trophy carriers
At the Oscars on Sunday, Radio-Television-Film student Jennifer Brofer will grace the stage in an evening gown, her hair and makeup professionally styled.
She's not a celebrity, but she is one of six film students selected to replace models as Oscar trophy carriers. The Oscars' producers organized the contest because they wanted everyone on stage to have a passion for film. More than 1,100 film students vied for the opportunity, submitting 30-second videos and essays explaining how they would contribute to the future of film.
In her video and essay, Brofer spoke about incorporating the values of honor, courage and commitment – which she learned in her 10 years as a Marine Corps combat correspondent. Having aspired to be a filmmaker since she was 16, Brofer said her love of video production grew as a combat correspondent.
"Now that I'm a student in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, I'm continuing to learn and grow as a filmmaker, and having a blast along the way," Brofer said.
Brofer flew out to Los Angeles on Feb. 18 to begin event rehearsals. She and the other film students have been learning how to present trophies to the celebrity presenters and escort Oscar winners off stage.
"We were told that the celebrities on stage, especially the winners, will be more nervous than we are, so we have to be confident enough to guide them – we have to be their rock," Brofer said.
In addition to rehearsing, students toured Walt Disney Animation Studios, as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), where they met AMPAS president Hawk Koch.
"He was so welcoming to all of us," Brofer said. "He told us that as long as we follow our passion for film, we will be successful."
Nick Hundley, (512) 471-7209