2012 Oscars Update: New Rules!

Lieutenant Dan —

You got new rules. New rules!

I had to post this as soon as I found out, because it just makes me too goddamn happy not to.

AMPAS has approved additional rules for the 85th Academy Awards (aka, the ones in February). The big rule change is that the Best Original Song category will now definitely have five nominees. No matter what.

And no more of that 8.25 crap either. The way it will work now is — the Music Branch gets a list of all the songs submitted to the category, as well as a DVD of all the song clips. And they watch the clips and vote for up to five songs in the order of their preference (just like Best Picture). The five songs with the most votes will be the songs that end up on the ballot. Isn’t that fucking awesome? It’s about goddamn time they did that.

Oh, and they also changed the name of Best Art Direction to Best Production Design, which makes it sound (at least at first glance), to me, less cool, but is a much more appropriate title that accurately describes what that category is all about. Now I think even a layman could understand what they mean by the award when they hear “Best Production Design.” So that’s good.

One less thing.

3 responses

  1. BlueFox94

    My two cents:

    First, THANK GOD they changed the Best Original Song rules! Now, if they would just re-introduce the live performances during the telecast, it would be perfect.

    Second and lastly, I personally think that “Best Production Design” does fit better than “Best Art Direction”. The former name sounded like “Best Use of Colors and Sets” while the new one expresses “Best World within the Film” which I think is more appropriate and all-encompassing.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    • I think they only got rid of the performances for the past telecast because there were only two and it would have slowed the whole show down. Though I guess the “slow the whole show down” concern will still be there now that it’s guaranteed to be five. I like the performances, though I do think, with the wrong bunch, it really slows the whole show down. I think they should take it category by category and see what the best way to do it is. I wouldn’t be opposed to no performances as long as they find an interesting way to present the songs that’s not five second clips of each one. I’m sort of torn between, “Who cares how long the show is?” and, “God, I hope they don’t have it run too long and then everyone complains like assholes.” I like when they run long, but I also hate having to listen to people complain (especially when they can, you know, just not watch). The thing I want most, more than the songs to get airtime, is for the performances to get airtime. I want them to show longer clips of each actor’s performance. Since I feel like that’s what the people really need to see. The way they do it now, they assume people know what the movies are and what they’re about, so it’s like a highlight reel or a five second clip. If they have longer clips, people might be able to go, “Damn, that’s a good performance,” and maybe check out some of the more “obscure” movies. Since I know last year, half the people had no idea what some of those nominees were. Even bigger stuff, like The Artist. But if, when they showed the Best Actor nominees, they gave a nice 30 second chunk of Dujardin’s performance, people would be able to go, “Oh, I see why he was nominated,” and maybe even decide they want to see the film. It’s weird. They want to honor these movies, but they rush through it and don’t even savor them. It’s weird how they want to pander to people with the broadcast, yet don’t seem to actually want people to see these movies.

      August 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    • This was definitely a good move for them, however I don’t think it’s going to help their continuously declining ratings.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

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