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Oscars change rule for best original song noms

Oscar statuettes at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

August 31, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The original song category at the Academy Awards will be assured five nominees starting with next year's show.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the rule change on Thursday.

Last year, under the old rules, only two songs out of 39 ranked high enough to make the final cut.

Now, the five songs that get the highest number of votes from the music branch will earn nominations.

The 85th annual Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.