The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced two minor rules changes on Friday.

First, films no longer have to be made in the language of their home country to be nominated. So, if a movie is made in Poland, but the actors speak in Spanish, it can be nominated by Poland for best foreign language film. This change was made because last year an Italian film in Middle Eastern languages could not be nominated.

Second, New Yorkers can now help decide which foreign-language films make it to the list of potential nominees. Previously, a Los Angeles-based group chose which films got on the list. Now, in a two-phase process, both New Yorkers and Los Angelenos will weigh in. In the first phase, a “several-hundred-member Los Angeles-based group” will weight in. In the second phase, “ten randomly selected members from phase one, ten Los Angeles-based members not on the original committee, and ten New York-area members” will vote (AMPAS).

What is more interesting than what has been added is what was left out. For Your Consideration points out that the requirement “that each country be allowed to submit only one film per year, and that a film be the product of only one distinct country” turns the best foreign film award into a “Miss Cinema Universe pageant.” Nuno, in the Oscar Watch comments section, argues that a good next step for the Academy would be to “review and reinforce the rule that members should see the final nominees before voting.”

If each Academy member actually watched the nominated films, we would have an easier time predicting the winners. Many have suggested that one of reasons why Brokeback Mountain lost best picture might be because few voters actually sat down and watched the film.