Based on the amount of crap music that gets nominated for Oscars year in and year out, the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have come up with new guidelines for picking the nominees in the Best Song category.
Coming just a couple of days after the Academy made the bold decision to expand the Best Picture category from five nominees to ten, they declared yesterday that there would be no Best Song Oscar awarded next year if the songs up for consideration aren’t good enough, the Hollywood Reporter reports. What is good enough in their estimation? At least one song must score an 8.25 on a scale of 6 to 10 in voting by members of the Academy’s music branch.
You might ask how other songs will get in based on one song getting the minimum score? Well, Oscar voters are ready to throw down on this one. If one song gets the minimum score, then it and the song with the next highest score will be allowed into the category. If more than two songs get the minimum score, then those two and the one with the next highest score will be allowed in. And so forth. The category’s number of nominees will range from two to five.
According to Bruce Broughton, head of the Academy’s music branch, this decision comes in light of the lack of memorability of a lot of the songs nominated for Oscars in recent years, and stems from a desire to “make the songs as good as possible.”
Bravo, Bruce. I’m really starting to appreciate the Academy getting its shit together and making major changes to the ceremony and the way that nominees are chosen. The system they are using to determine the Best Song nominees might be arbitrary, but at least it is a system and they aren’t going to allow a big movie with a big song over the end credits into the category without satisfying some kind of standard first. In recent years, it seemed like all you needed to get in was a song by a prominent artist, unless you were Bruce Springsteen, of course.
There was another big change announced as well: the honorary Oscars will no longer be presented at the main, televised ceremony, but will be moved to a seperate event. This one I have a little bit of a problem with; I like seeing an old timer get his just desserts. There is nothing wrong with taking a little time to reflect on the brilliance of someone’s career. But I understand the desire to cut down the show’s running time. I have an idea on how to make it shorter though: get rid of stupid montages that don’t tell us anything and go back to the simple process of presenting acting awards by simply showing clips of the nominees’ performances rather than bringing out former winners of the award and letting them drone on for twenty minutes.
Anyway, those are all the changes right now. I wonder what they will announce next. They will be holding the ceremony at the Dennys down the street from the Kodak Theater next year?