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Jan. 30, 2007
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU student to be Academy Awards correspondent for BBC

YPSILANTI — As a member of EMU’s nationally known forensics team, Richard Brophy knows how to make an argument.

In the days leading up the Academy Awards, Brophy will get to put his impromptu criticism skills to the test for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).

“I saw a post on the BBC Web site asking people to be on an Oscar panel. I thought I would give it a try,” said Brophy, a 21-year-old junior from Warrington, Great Britain.

Oddly enough, Brophy is not representing his native country, but is the American representative. He was one of six people from six different countries chosen from about 2,500 applicants. Other representatives are from England, Ireland, the Phillipines, Belgium and Australia.

“It’s a little daunting to represent a nation I’m not part of,” Brophy said.

Brophy has been in the U.S. for about five years and went to high school in Stevensville, Mich. His family recently returned to England.

Brophy said he isn’t getting paid to write his weekly report about the Academy Awards, nor are there any perks, like free movies.

“But you never know what will come of it,” said Brophy, who is a communication and theatre arts major.

Brophy isn’t a novice when it comes to Oscar predictions. He and his friends participate in an annual Oscar pool. Brophy said he has won previous pools and, last year, placed third.

Brophy credits his forensic experience at EMU with helping him hone his skills.

“It has really helped me with knowing how to do research and formulating an argument,” said Brophy, who was the state champ in oral interpretation last year.

As for his selections for the Feb. 24 Academy Awards, Brophy said that best picture is probably between “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Departed.” His pick will probably be “Little Miss Sunshine” because he said that is his favorite of all the nominees.

If you want to follow Brophy’s other selections, go to the BBC Web site at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6298001.stm

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