Via The New York Times
Two long-overdue rule changes for everyone's favorite award show that may or may not be meaningless:
1. No film can have more than 2 songs in the Original Song category. I've been bitching about this for years. How having 3 songs from Dreamgirls benefits anyone is beyond my comprehension, and now it won't happen anymore. Sure, it's a little too late for the "Kazakhstan National Anthem", but better late than never.
Side note: how does the Academy not nominate this song? Sure, it's a joke and shouldn't really win, but the value of having it performed at the Oscars is worth so much to a show that's been steadily losing viewers for years.
2. The other change is that now "three of the nine finalists for the foreign-language-film nomination will now be chosen by the 20-member Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee". What this means, I assume, is that a group of 20 somewhat intelligent people will be able to step in and make sure the year's 3 best foreign language films make the cut, thereby ending the annual problem of having something like 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile not even make the short-list.
Or, they'll somehow manage to screw it up even worse.