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Academy revokes Best Song nomination for Alone Yet Not Alone

01.30.2014

When Oscar nominations were announced earlier this month, one of the biggest surprises was ALONE YET NOT ALONE's Best Song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone." The film had received little to no attention before the nominations were announced, and many thought there were more deserving songs that should have been up for the award instead.

Well, "Alone Yet Not Alone" is no longer in the running for Best Song. The Academy has disqualified the song because of the actions of its writer, Bruce Broughton. So what did he do wrong? Broughton served on the Academy's board from 2003-2012, is a former governor and is a current member of the music branch executive committee. The problem is, he e-mailed other members of the branch to let them know about his submission, which is a big no-no.

Here's Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs commenting on the situation:

"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."

The Academy also released a statement on why they decided to disqualify the song:

"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 to ensure that the awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner. If any campaign activity is determined by the board of governors to work in opposition to that goal, whether or not anticipated by these regulations, the board of governors may take any corrective actions or assess any penalties that in its discretion it deems necessary to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process.'"

Soon after the announcement was made, Bruce Broughton talked to THR and had this to say about the Academy's decision on his song.

"I'm devastated. 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. I simply asked people to find the song and consider it."

This isn't the first time an Academy Award nomination has been revoked, but it doesn't happen that often either. For example, Nino Rota's score for THE GODFATHER was nominated, however it wasn't eligible because he used the same theme in the 1958 comedy FORTUNELLA. In that case, a different score replaced Rota's, but in this instance, a new song won't be added to the ballot. The remaining nominees are "Happy" from DESPICABLE ME 2, "Let It Go" from FROZEN, "The Moon Song" from HER, and "Ordinary Love" from MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, and many people associated with other songs that could be nominated aren't happy with the Academy because they aren't going to replace "Alone Yet Not Alone" with a new nominee.

It might not seem like that big of a deal to e-mail your friends about your nomination, but Bruce Broughton really should have known better if it goes against the board's promotional regulations. But what do you think? Did the Academy do the right thing, or are they just being dicks?

The 86th Academy Awards will air on ABC on March 2nd, 2014.

Source: THR

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6:31AM on 01/31/2014
It doesn't matter, "Let It Go" from FROZEN was going to win before it was even nominated (or before anyone even heard it, for that matter).
It doesn't matter, "Let It Go" from FROZEN was going to win before it was even nominated (or before anyone even heard it, for that matter).
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10:56PM on 01/30/2014
It did not deserve to be nominated. Yes the singer is inspirational but the song is pretty bad. If you want to see my full thoughts check out my blog: Film Class Junkies. [link]
It did not deserve to be nominated. Yes the singer is inspirational but the song is pretty bad. If you want to see my full thoughts check out my blog: Film Class Junkies. [link]
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8:39PM on 01/30/2014
All I can think of is how great music Bruce Broughton made for SILVERADO two decades ago which should have won him an Oscar.
All I can think of is how great music Bruce Broughton made for SILVERADO two decades ago which should have won him an Oscar.
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5:10PM on 01/30/2014

They're just being dicks....

Somebody told them it was a song from a religious film and they had to find a reason to get rid of it. All the nominees do it in some manner (most far more blatantly).

Whether it ever deserved the nomination in the first place is another matter....
Somebody told them it was a song from a religious film and they had to find a reason to get rid of it. All the nominees do it in some manner (most far more blatantly).

Whether it ever deserved the nomination in the first place is another matter....
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12:22PM on 01/30/2014

Sounds like a bad 90's Disney song

The disqualification is warranted for that alone.
The disqualification is warranted for that alone.
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11:16AM on 01/30/2014
No opinion on whether it was right or wrong to disqualify the song--I don't know enough about the situation to say. But why not replace it with a new song? It was already bullshit that nothing from Inside Llewyn Davis was nominated--now that they have an open slot, I really think something from that movie should be.
No opinion on whether it was right or wrong to disqualify the song--I don't know enough about the situation to say. But why not replace it with a new song? It was already bullshit that nothing from Inside Llewyn Davis was nominated--now that they have an open slot, I really think something from that movie should be.
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10:35AM on 01/30/2014
Remember when the producer of The Hurt Locker did the exact same thing, and one of his emails was leaked online? So why did the Hurt Locker get to keep its nomination and this film can't? Complete bullshit. [link]
Remember when the producer of The Hurt Locker did the exact same thing, and one of his emails was leaked online? So why did the Hurt Locker get to keep its nomination and this film can't? Complete bullshit. [link]
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10:09AM on 01/30/2014

Exactly which protocol did he violate?

It's political bullshit. It sounds to me that the Academy is pissed he promoted the song, performed by a quadripalegic with the aid of her husband manually supressing her diaphram, without paying for that advertising, and they look bad for it. This is why actors sign onto smaller films, to give it a bigger audience, bigger recognition. The Academy changes rules year-to-year, and a board of governor determination sounds like a coup than a violation. If this was an actor, you wouldn't be
It's political bullshit. It sounds to me that the Academy is pissed he promoted the song, performed by a quadripalegic with the aid of her husband manually supressing her diaphram, without paying for that advertising, and they look bad for it. This is why actors sign onto smaller films, to give it a bigger audience, bigger recognition. The Academy changes rules year-to-year, and a board of governor determination sounds like a coup than a violation. If this was an actor, you wouldn't be hearing any of this. It sounds like a writer of an overlooked song was made they didn't get nominated, and wanted to take someone down for it.
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10:05AM on 01/30/2014

Good idea

But stupid that they won't replace it with another song. I mean, either "Ordinary Love" or "Let It Go" is going to win anyway, but still.
But stupid that they won't replace it with another song. I mean, either "Ordinary Love" or "Let It Go" is going to win anyway, but still.
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9:58AM on 01/30/2014
Poor politician! He violated protocol and now he has to pay for it like the rest of us! What's the world coming to?!
Poor politician! He violated protocol and now he has to pay for it like the rest of us! What's the world coming to?!
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9:39AM on 01/30/2014
I read Joni Eareckson Tada's biography as a kid and was very moved by it, so I am glad that more will know of her through this song. However, this sort of behind the scenes thing offers a peek into the pretty shady dealings conducted by Academy members. I'm not one of those filmgoers who goes "f*ck the Academy!" and generally, the Oscars are a better gauge of good movies than something like the Grammys is of good music. That said, it really is a town full of people who'll do anything to get
I read Joni Eareckson Tada's biography as a kid and was very moved by it, so I am glad that more will know of her through this song. However, this sort of behind the scenes thing offers a peek into the pretty shady dealings conducted by Academy members. I'm not one of those filmgoers who goes "f*ck the Academy!" and generally, the Oscars are a better gauge of good movies than something like the Grammys is of good music. That said, it really is a town full of people who'll do anything to get ahead and who've had the scruples eroded away to the point where something like this with Bruce Broughton can happen. They really should replace it with a new nominee, perhaps Please Mr. Kennedy from Inside Llewyn Davis.
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10:23AM on 01/30/2014
There should be a movie regarding an expose on Academy Awards. It would be quite a watch.
There should be a movie regarding an expose on Academy Awards. It would be quite a watch.
10:25AM on 01/30/2014
Blackfish but with bald golden statuettes. Kinda.
Blackfish but with bald golden statuettes. Kinda.
10:43AM on 01/30/2014
Too right, Netforce. LIke that MPAA documentary.
Too right, Netforce. LIke that MPAA documentary.
10:55AM on 01/30/2014
Thanks, man.
Thanks, man.
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