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Academy Revokes Christian Movie Song's Oscar Nomination

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 10:21 PM

By Todd Beamon

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken the rare step of revoking the Oscar nomination of "Alone Yet Not Alone," the title song of the underdog Christian movie, citing "the appearance of an unfair advantage" after possible lobbying by one of its composers.

The academy said on Wednesday that it moved the previous day after learning that composer Bruce Broughton had emailed members of its music branch "to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period," the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Broughton is a member of the music branch's executive committee. The revocation of a nomination is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, in the 86-year history of the Oscars, say both the Times and The Hollywood Reporter.

“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.

As a result, only four nominees will be eligible for the "best original song" Oscar when the awards are given on March 2 in Hollywood.

"I'm devastated," Broughton told The Hollywood Reporter. "I indulged in the simplest grassroots campaign, and it went against me when the song started getting attention.

"I got taken down by competition that had months of promotion and advertising behind them," he added. "I simply asked people to find the song and consider it."

Broughton was nominated for the best original score Oscar for "Silverado" in 1985 and served on the academy's board from 2003 to 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Produced by Enthuse Entertainment, "Alone Yet Not Alone" is a family-friendly drama that stars Kelly Greyson and Natalie Racoosin and is set during the French and Indian War, in 1755. It is based on a true story by Tracy Leininger Craven.

The movie tells the saga of Barbara and Regina Leininger, who were captured by the Delaware Indians in a raid on their home and taken across 300 miles of wilderness to Ohio. The sisters' faith in God and hope of escape sustained them throughout their ordeal. The war lasted from 1754 to 1763.

Broughton composed the song's music, with lyrics by Dennis Spiegel. The song was sung by Joni Eareckson Tada, a prominent, quadriplegic Evangelical minister, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Since its surprise nomination earlier this month, "Alone Yet Not Alone" has drawn both surprise and scorn in Hollywood because few had heard of the song — much less the independent movie, news reports said.

The film was released in only as many as 11 theaters — called a "niche release" by The Times — and has earned about $100,000. A larger release of the film is planned in June, The Times reports.

The film also has been attacked because it depicts the savagery of the war from a historical perspective, Examiner.com reports, but it had received the highest rating from the Dove Foundation, which encourages the production of quality family entertainment.

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