Academy tweaks rules on songs, foreign films
(FROM VARIETY) — The Motion Picture Academy has enacted rules changes that could affect who gets nominated in the Best Original Song and Best Foreign Language Film Oscar categories come January.
Starting with the 2009 ceremony, a maximum of two songs from a given film can be nominated. Lately, movies like Dreamgirls and Enchanted have sported three nominated songs (although none of them won); in the 1990s, both Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King won Best Original Song Oscars after cornering the competition with three nominations apiece. Members of the Academy’s music branch will also be able to watch clips of eligible songs on DVD now, rather than attend a required screening.
The foreign-film adjustment is more subtle, involving the inclusion of a special panel to select three of the nine finalists for a nomination. This could be in response to concerns that some popular choices have been kept off the ballot in recent years. (Variety)