The Academy has changed its tune: Oscar music hopefuls have been given clearance to send out CDs to voting members of the Music Branch.
In a change from last year, CDs of eligible scores may be distributed to voting members of the Music Branch any time prior to the nominations announcement on Jan. 22.
After noms are announced, the nominated scores may be distributed to all voting members of the Academy. In both cases, each music track must be titled, include the name of the composer(s), and be identical to the music used in the finished film.
The CD may contain only music written by the eligible composer(s). Music written by other composers, licensed music or music that is otherwise ineligible for award consideration is not permitted.
Ruling marks the only significant change from the 2007 awards in the Acad’s marketing campaign regulations for the 81st Oscars.
CDs of nominated songs may also be distributed to all voting members, following the same guidelines as for nominated scores. Distribution of eligible songs prior to the nominations announcement is not permitted.
The Academy made an earlier rule change whereby it will be sending DVDs containing film clips featuring the songs to Music Branch members during the nominations balloting phase. The DVDs will contain the same clips to be screened at the annual voting event at which branch members may cast their nominations ballot in person.
Neither video excerpts nor sheet music may be sent at any time.