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OTRC: Oscars 2012: Contest for college students won by Hofstra University team

The official logo for the 84th Academy Awards, set to air on ABC on Feb. 26, 2012. (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

A team from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York has won the 2012 Oscar College Journalist contest, sponsored by OnTheRedCarpet.com and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Here is the press release:


Team from Hofstra University to be flown to Hollywood

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and OnTheRedCarpet.com today announced that the winners of the "On The Red Carpet" (OTRC) College Journalist Contest is a team of students from Hofstra University - Jackie De Tore (reporter), Beth Laschever (camera) and Melanie Rubin (producer). The Hofstra team was selected from more than 200 entries from around the country.

The winners will be flown out to Los Angeles to cover Oscar Week events, including the Animated Feature Symposium, Foreign Language Film Award press event, the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Symposium and the Governors Ball preview. Additionally, they will have the exclusive opportunity to work with KABC-TV's OTRC team and report live during the "On The Red Carpet at the Oscars" pre-show (1:30 - 4 p.m. PT).

Teams were evaluated by KABC and the Academy based on their skills as journalists and their ability to represent OTRC at the Academy Awards®.

For the complete contest rules, go to redcarpetjournalist.com.

The 84th annual Academy Awards are set to air live on ABC on Feb. 26, 2012 from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Nine films are up for best picture, including Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," which leads the pack with 11 nominations, "The Descendants" starring George Clooney and "The Artist," a black and white silent film.

Check out a full list of nominations for the 2012 Oscars, which will be hosted by Billy Crystal in what will mark his ninth stint.

You can also download the official Oscars app.

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