The Jack Oakie
Jack Oakie and Victoria
Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation
Oakie application packets are available in PCOH 112
(Fine and Performing Arts Office) and by download
Deadline to submit is Monday,
November 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications must be submitted to the switchboard (A
building) by that deadline.
The Jack Oakie and
Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation has awarded
the Division of
Fine and Performing Arts at College of
the Canyons $10,000 per year which will be distributed
to as many as ten COC students as scholarship/trust
awards in the amount of $500-$1,000 each
(non-renewable). These awards, generally merit-based on
an applicant’s COC academic record, COC artistic
achievement, and written critical review (see below)
will be awarded to students studying Performing Arts
(Theatre, Dance, or Music) or Fine Arts (Animation, Art,
Graphic and Multi Media Design, Photography, or
Radio/Television/Film). Scholarship money is designated
for expenses related to applicants’ studies.
must attend the Jack Oakie Film Event to be eligible
for the scholarship (NEW REQUIREMENT FALL 2012 --
see details below)
must be currently enrolled as a student at College
of the Canyons.
must be currently enrolled in or have successfully
completed a COC Fine or Performing Arts course
within the past 12 months.
must attend the Jack Oakie Film Event and submit
a one page typed critical review. (Please review the
helpful hints for completing the Jack Oakie/Victoria
Horne Oakie Critical Review)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
JACK OAKIE Celebration event will take place
Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 4pm-7:30pm in Hasley
begins at 4pm, followed by pre-screening discussion
to begin at 5pm .
Jack Epps Jr, will provide insight and
comments regarding this LEGENDARY PERFORMER. Mr. Epps is the
chair of Writing for Film & Television at the USC School
of Cinematic Arts.
(including the one-page critical review) must be
submitted no later than Monday November 26th @ 5 PM
to the Switchboard (A Building)
Students can apply for the
The Jack Oakie Award for Excellence in Comedy Script
The Jack Oakie Award for Excellence in Comedy Film
The Jack Oakie “It’s All in Fun” Award for
Excellence in Film or Theatre Comedy
The Jack Oakie “Double Take” Award
The Jack Oakie “It’s All In Fun” Award for
Excellence in: Comedy Acting
(Film or Theatre) or Comedic Improvisation
The Gil Kovelman Humor Award for excellence in
Comedy (In honor of Jack Oakie)
The “Myrtle Mae” Award for Excellence in Film or
Stage Performance (In honor of Victoria Horne Oakie)
The Victoria Horne Oakie “Albuquerque” Award for
Excellence in Comedic Script or Screenwriting
The Carmen Dominguez Award for Excellence in
Entertainment Communication (In honor of Victoria
Scholarship applicants will watch a Jack Oakie film and
submit a one to two page typed analytical review that
will include the following:
- a brief
synopsis of the film, and
- a critical analysis of what the
applicant might have done similarly or differently
had he/she been the screenwriter, director, specific
The submitted copy of the
critique will not be returned.
Jack Oakie came to Hollywood in 1927. His career by that
time already included vaudeville, Broadway musicals and
appearances in New York films. In Hollywood, he made 87
pictures, mostly comedies or musical comedies, over
which period he perfected his trademark comic
triple-take. His career included such films as "Once in
a Lifetime," "Million Dollar Legs" and "It Happened
Tomorrow." Oakie received an Academy Award nomination in
the supporting role category for his satirical portrait
of a Mussolini-like head of state in 1940's "The Great
Dictator." Victoria Horne Oakie was an American
character-actress, appearing in 49 films (uncredited in
25 of these) during the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the
films in which she appeared included Blue Skies (1946),
Forever Amber (1947, uncredited), The Ghost and Mrs.
Muir (1947), Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris
Karloff (1949), and Harvey (1950). Jack Oakie died in
1978 and his wife, Victoria Horne, died in 2003.
For more information about the scholarships, please
contact Peggy Lotta, Administrative Assistant for the
Fine and Performing Arts Division at 661-362-5013.