Channing Tatum has zeroed in on the next crop of filmmaking talent.
The "Magic Mike" star — and increasingly successful film producer — has selected his "Team Oscar" winners.
Along with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Tatum canvassed a stockpile of video submissions in order to hand pick six promising young filmmakers to appear onstage during the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Team Oscar winners will deliver golden statuettes to celebrity presenters during the ceremony on March 2, airing on ABC.
And these "chosen ones" (i.e., six U.S. college students) impressed the pants off Tatum — so to speak.
"I was blown away by the quality of the videos the students created, and more importantly, by the visions they represented,” the actor-producer said in a statement on Thursday. "It was a tough choice, but I'm proud of the winners we chose and can't wait to share the Oscars stage with them."
The winners, along with their video submissions, are:
— Zaineb Abdul-Nabi, University of Michigan; hometown: New York
— Tayo Amos, Stanford University; hometown: Mountain View, California
— Nathan Flanagan-Frankl, Chapman University; hometown: Northbrook, Illinois
— Jeanpaul Isaacs,Rutgers University; hometown: South Brunswick, N.J.
— Bryson Kemp, Muhlenberg College; hometown: North East, Maryland
— Mackenna Millet, Pepperdine University; hometown: Laguna Niguel, California
Watch Channing Tatum Talk 'Team Oscar' With Ellen DeGeneres:
Tatum has been working in tandem with Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to get ready for the lucky victors, who will be flown to Los Angeles for the show.
Keep an eye on "Ellen" on Thursday for Tatum's talk about his new Team Oscar. On the show he also tells DeGeneres about being "fappy" (fat and happy) as a new dad who has taken some much needed time off. Tatum also drops hints about a new project.
In case you're sad about Tatum's "fappiness," we leave you with this GIF of when he was in tip-top shape:
Watch the Oscars live on March 2 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, and stick with Yahoo Movies for Academy Awards coverage all season long.
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