Four finalists in Academy Awards competition are MU students

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | 4:38 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Four University of Missouri journalism students have the opportunity to be on the red carpet for the 83rd Academy Awards.

Two-person teams — Erica Coghill and John Regan, and Alex Holley and Ryan Brown — are finalists in the MTV-U & The Oscars competition.

The teams, which consist of an on-camera correspondent, Coghill and Holley, and a videographer, Regan and Brown, submitted a video that they created back in December, which told MTV why they deserved to be on the red carpet.

The videos are available for viewing on the MTV-U website.

Now, the two teams have the opportunity to represent MU in Los Angeles.

"It's an opportunity of a lifetime, obviously," Coghill said. "And it'd be a huge thing for my career. I've always thought about the option of going into entertainment news, and that'd be a great foot in the door."

The teams are relying purely on public voting to get them to Los Angeles. Each person may vote once a day on the MTV-U website, and voting ends on Jan. 28.

The three teams that receive the most votes will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the pre-Oscar events. The grand-prize winner will be on the red carpet interviewing celebrities as they enter the Kodak Theater. Holley said that would be a dream come true. 

"Entertainment has always been my dream," she said. "Since I was a little girl, I wanted to do entertainment news. This could be more than an opportunity, I could make this happen."

Holley also thought having two teams in the top ten from the Missouri School of Journalism was great.

"It shows a lot about the school—that we have two people up for it and not just one," she said. "It shows the Academy and the NBC stations the quality of the school."

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