Os­cars change song rules; min­i­mum five nom­i­nees

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS ANGELES — There will be more songs vy­ing for Os­cars at next year’s Academy Awards.

The mo­tion pic­ture academy said that there will be a min­i­mum of five nom­i­nees in the orig­i­nal song cat­e­gory at next year’s cer­e­mony.

The Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences says that the five nom­i­nated songs re­ceiv­ing the high­est num­ber of votes from mu­sic branch mem­bers will be up for the fi­nal award. The vot­ing process pre­vi­ously only al­lowed songs that earned an av­er­age score to be nom­i­nated.

Only two songs were nom­i­nated for the tro­phy ear­lier this year for the first time in Os­car his­tory, with Man or Mup­pet from The Mup­pets win­ning the prize.

The 85th an­nual Academy Awards will be pre­sented Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby The­atre in Hol­ly­wood.

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