‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ Oscar Nomination Rescinded

By Christopher.Rosen@huffingtonpost.com (Christopher Rosen)

“Alone Yet Not Alone,” the controversial Best Original Song nominee from the film of the same name, has had its Oscar nomination rescinded, this according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors.

The song had come under fire after it was revealed that Bruce Broughton, the composer, was a former Governor himself and former head of the Academy’s music branch.

“According to well-placed sources, Broughton hired veteran film music publicist Ray Costa to try and get attention for the song and press releases were written but it gained no real editorial traction during the campaign,” Deadline.com’s awards columnist Pete Hammond wrote after the Oscar nominations were announced in January. “So, as a former Governor and head of the music branch he is obviously well-connected and well-liked within the organization and I am told he started making phone calls to colleagues urging them to consider the song.”

The inclusion of “Alone Yet Not Alone” was a total surprise in the Best Original Song race. The film itself was barely released last year, with just a seven-day Oscar qualifying run in September. (The film’s actual release is scheduled for June of this year.) “The full-length feature film recounts the faith and courage of a German-American immigrant family as they face hardship, loss and sorrow during the French and Indian War,” the film’s Facebook page reads. The film’s title track is performed by evangelical Christian author and singer Joni Eareckson Tada.

In removing “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the list of Best Original Song nominees, the Academy cited Broughton’s tactics as a reason for the disqualification.

“The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period,” the AMPAS press release announcing the news read.

The full AMPAS press release regarding “Alone Yet Not Alone” is below. No song will be named as a replacement for it in the Best Original Song category, leaving “Happy” (from “Despicable Me 2”), “Let It Go” (from “Frozen”), “The Moon Song” (from “Her”) and “Ordinary Love” (from “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”) as the 2014 nominees.

On Tuesday night, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rescind the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton and lyric by Dennis Spiegel. The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.

“No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.

The Board determined that Broughton’s actions were inconsistent with the Academy’s promotional regulations, which provide, among other terms, that “it is the Academy’s goal …read more

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