June 20, 2008 / 1:31 AM / 9 years ago

Oscar alters foreign-language song rules

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A couple of new rules governing the Academy Awards could result in the foreign-language film category becoming more inclusive and the original song category becoming more competitive.

<p>The cast of 'Dreamgirls' Jennifer Hudson (L), Beyonce Knowles (C) and Anika Noni Rose perform at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 25, 2007. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn</p>

In the past two years, 2006’s “Dreamgirls” and 2007’s “Enchanted,” dominated the song race with three nominations each -- although neither film took home the statuette. A new rule stipulates that only two tunes per movie may be nominated for original song.

In the foreign-language race this year, such critically applauded features as Romania’s “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and France’s “Persepolis” failed to score a nomination. In future, an executive committee will be able to rectify any glaring omissions by adding three films to a shortlist of six. As it has done in the past two years, another committee will then winnow the enlarged shortlist to five nominees.

”While I was very proud of our five nominees, I was just more concerned about what we excluded than what we said Mark Johnson, chairman of the Academy’s foreign-language committee.

Nominations for next year’s Oscars will be announced January 22, and the awards will be presented on February 22.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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