The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans to move the presentation of noncompetitive awards — including honorary Oscars as well as the Irving G. Thalberg and Jean Hersholt humanitarian awards — out of the annual awards telecast, according to Variety. The plan is to present these honorary awards at a separate dinner event in November, at least three months prior to the March awards ceremony.
In addition, the Academy announced a change to the nominating rules for the Original Song category. “If no song achieves a minimum average score of 8.25 in the nominations voting, there will be no nominees and thus no Oscar presented for the category,” according to the Academy press release. “If only one song achieves the required minimum, it and the song with the next highest score will be deemed the nominees.” Previous rules dictates that there could be no more than five but no fewer than three nominees.