The odds-on favorite to win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars tonight is Django Unchained. If and when Quentin Tarantino bounds to the stage, he will be handed his second such trophy by a 25-year-old UCLA Master’s film student for whom the “M” is silent.
Tatenda Mbudzi (last name pronounced “Budzi”) is one of six lucky film students replacing the traditional trophy models of shows past. In addition to Best Original Screenplay, he is scheduled to hand out hardware for Best Visual Effects, Best Documentary Feature and Best Supporting Actress.
The Academy Awards typically showcase several foreign-born filmmakers who have made an unlikely leap to the telecast’s big stage. That will certainly be true tonight for the UCLA “Producer’s Program” member, who did his undergrad work at Ithaca College.
By virtue of the above, simple 35-second video, Mbudzi – born in Zimbabwe but raised from a young age in London – has put himself in front of the largest audience imaginable. To check out Mbudzi’s Twitter reactions after his big night, go to @ta10da.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Seth MacFarlane Crashes Professor Mann’s Contemporary Film Class