Academy Awards organizers said Friday that they will not give out an Oscar for best song next year if none of the tunes is considered good enough.
Rules for the 82nd Academy Award show next March will require that at least one song must achieve a minimum score of 8.25 on a scale of 6 to 10 in voting by members of the academy's music branch.
If no song scores that well, there will be no best-song Oscar awarded. The number of nominees in the category can range from two to five depending on how many hit the minimum score.
In another change, the academy is moving its honorary Oscars to a separate presentation. Winners of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award will be announced in September and then given their awards at a dinner in November.