Two Best Song Nominees? New Rules for Music Branch

From Awards Daily:

Rules Approved for
82nd Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved the rules for the 82nd Academy Awards at their meeting earlier this week (6/23). In addition to the previously announced change in the Best Picture category, a significant change was made in the Music – Original Song category.

The governors approved the Music Branch Executive Committee recommendation that if no song achieves a minimum average score of 8.25 in the nominations voting, there be no original song nominees and thus no Oscar presented for the category. If only one song achieves the required minimum, it and the song with the next highest score will be deemed the nominees. If two or more songs achieve the minimum score, they will be the nominees though no more than five nominees can be selected. Previously, the rules dictated that there be no more than five but no fewer than three nominees in the category.

Academy Award® nominations in all categories will be announced on February 2, 2010. The 82nd Academy Awards presentation will be telecast live by the ABC Television Network on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

The Best Song category is the most ridiculous category at the Oscars. There are so many odd rules that often eliminate great songs from being nominated. Remember when “Falling Slowly” was also deemed ineligible? The song has to be recorded specifically for the film it appears in and can not have appeared anywhere else before the film’s release. It puts the musicians doing the recording in a really awkward position.

I honestly would not be crushed if there was no Best Song category at this year’s Oscars. Two nominees just seems weird, though. It should be all or nothing.


  • G1000

    The trouble is, they always pick the wrong songs. Take two years ago. Three songs from “Enchanted”? “That’s How You Know” was nice, but “Happy Working Song” and the other song (I forget the name) that was nominated from the flick were not that good. “When Your Mind’s Made Up” and “If You Want Me” from “Once” should have been chosen instead. And “Raise It Up” from “August Rush”? You’ve got to be kidding me.

  • G1000

    They got the winner right, though. “Falling Slowly” is a masterpiece.

  • Yeah, that’s exactly it. They are similar to the foreign branch in that they always leave great options out.

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