The Muppets (pictured above) carried away an Oscar for best original song (for Man or Muppet, written by Bret McKenzie) in February this year. Although this is an achievement worth celebrating, the film didn’t really have much competition. There was only one other nominee in the category – Animated movie Rio’s song Real in Rio. But today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced a change to the rules to avoid this happening in 2013.
At next year’s ceremony, five songs will likely be nominated and in with a chance to take away that much-desired award. The voting system for the Oscars has always been a little complex, and songs since 2010 have had to receive at least 8.25 marks out of 10 to move from the longlist to the list of nominees.
Billboard has reported that a “more straightforward” system is on the cards, with the five songs receiving the most votes winning official nominations. Academy members will vote in order of preference for up to five song choices.
But a greater number of songs is not guaranteed. If there are fewer than 25 songs on that year’s longlist, the resulting nominees will only be made up of three songs, and if there are only nine it is possible no film will win the Oscar for the category that year.
The award, which has gone through rule amendments in the past, has been won by many famous artists, including Henry Mancini, John Barry, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Randy Newman, and Eminem.