New rule limits Oscar song contenders to two per film

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Last time around, the Oscar songs category was three times ‘‘Enchanted’’ — a trick that may never be repeated.

The number of original songs that can be nominated from a single movie will now be limited to two, according to a rule change by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy’s governors approved the change late Tuesday.

Last year, Disney’s ‘‘Enchanted’’ had three titles in contention: ‘‘Happy Working Song,’’ ‘‘So Close’’ and ‘‘That’s How You Know.’’ The winner of best original song: ‘‘Falling Slowly,’’ from ‘‘Once.’’

The new rule would also have applied in 2007, when three songs from ‘‘Dreamgirls’’ were nominated. That year, the Oscar went to ‘‘I Need to Wake Up’’ from ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth.’’


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