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Monday June 23, 2008 11:56 am

Academy Makes Changes to Best Song Category

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

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If you’ve ever felt yourself wondering, “How many songs could Beyonce possibly sing during this awards show?” - this news is for you.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a change that will go into effect before next year’s ceremony. From this point forward, no one movie will be able to dominate the Academy Awards’ Best Song category. While producers can submit as many tunes as they like, only two songs per film will be allowed for nomination.

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Ironically, this could actually benefit some of the frontrunners. Two years ago, Dreamgirls was nominated for three songs yet ended up losing to Melissa Etheridge’s I Need to Wake Up. Last year, another three-peater (Enchanted) took a back seat to the small indie Once. In both cases, it’s possible the multiple entries only worked against each other.

The 81st Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009.



I think this was a good move for the category but I don’t think a lot of people would care about the “limit.” My guess is that, if a song is fantastic and fits the movie and is nominated, that’s awesome, but if a movie is filled with amazing songs, then that does make it harder. However, I do see how this was a good move so that a movie doesn’t really “fill” up all the spots. Did a movie ever have 4 songs that were nominated in this category?


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