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Oscars change rule for best original song
Bret McKenzie poses with his award for best original song for Man or Muppet during the 84th Academy Awards. Picture: AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File.

More songs will be vying for Oscars at next year's Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday that there will be a minimum of five nominees in the original song category at next year's ceremony.

It says that the five nominated songs receiving the highest number of votes from music branch members will be up for the final award. The voting process previously only allowed songs that earned an average score to be nominated.

Only two songs were nominated for the trophy earlier this year for the first time in Oscar history, with Man or Muppet from The Muppets winning the prize.

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