'Alone Yet Not Alone' Nomination for Best Original Song Oscar Rescinded

Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 05:46 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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In an rare move, the nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” for Best Original Song at the Oscars has been rescinded.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences pulled the Oscar nomination after composer Bruce Broughton sent an email to members of the Academy’s Music Branch that pointed out his song was submitted in the Best Song category.

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Broughton was formerly a Governor of the Academy and serves now as an executive committee member in the Music Branch.

"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," Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a press release.

Another nominee won’t be selected, so the remaining four in contention are: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez from “Frozen,” “The Moon Song” by Karen O and Spike Jonze from “Her,” and “Ordinary Love” by U2 from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

“Alone Yet Not Alone” was a surprise nominee in Hollywood because few had heard of the film. The movie was produced by Enthuse Entertainment and was about a true story of two women kidnapped by Native Americans in the 18th century.

Broughton composed the music and Dennis Spiegel wrote the lyrics. Broughton was nominated for an Oscar in the past for “Silverado” and has won eight Emmys, CBS said.

This is the first time an Oscar has ever been rescinded for a full-length feature film, although it has happened in other categories. It’s the first time ever that an Oscar nomination was pulled for “improper campaigning.” In the past, the issues were technical.

The Los Angeles Times said rumors floating around Tinsel Town suggest that some don’t agree that the nomination should have been pulled and there is even talk that one of the competitors in the Best Original Song category hired private investigators to look into Broughton.

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