NYC Duo Sing Their Way to Victory With ‘Oscar State of Mind’

Just how good is the “Empire State of Mind”-derived winning entry in GoldDerby’s recent Oscar nominations video treatment contest? Good enough for site founder Tom O’Neil to pass along to TV show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, for possible ABC-TV/AMPAS promotional use.

“Their “Oscar State of Mind” performance is so brilliant, slick and breezy that they should be performing it at the Dolby Theatre on March 2,” O’Neil suggests to FishbowlNY. At the very least, the Academy should consider enlisting video stars Samantha Massell and Ted Stevenson for some sort of participation in either the broadcast or online multi-cam experience. The latter is becoming an increasingly essential second-screen experience.

“When I ran the video by Zadan and Meron, they said that they had their Oscar promos all wrapped up,” adds O’Neil. “Too bad.”

Massell and Stevenson are both New York-based. In a separate Google hangout chat (embedded below), the pair explain to O’Neil how they met at theater school. And that they edited their winning entry while watching the Golden Globes!

Massell has spectacular vocal range. She is currently in rehearsals for a brief revival of Neil Simon‘s Little Me at NY City Center February 5-9. The show, which stars Christian Borle of Smash fame, is part of the Encores! Series!

Stevenson meanwhile, no slouch either when it comes to multi-hyphenate performing skills, also oversaw the editing and post-production. The entire thing was put together in a single day and netted the pair a $100 Amazon gift card prize. Kudos!