Oscars organisers revoke Alone Yet Not Alone song nomination
Published on Jan 30, 2014 8:37 AM
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has revoked a nomination in the best original song category for Alone Yet Not Alone, after the songwriter violated Oscar rules and emailed voters about submitting the song for consideration.
Musician Bruce Broughton, a former Academy governor and executive committee member in its music branch, composed the title song from the independent Christian faith movie Alone Yet Not Alone. The Academy said on Wednesday that Broughton had used his position within the organisation to contact voters about his own submission of the song, which was "inconsistent" with the Academy's rules on Oscar nominations campaigning.
"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," Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy president, said in a statement.
The remaining contenders in the category are Pharrell Williams' Happy from Despicable Me 2, Let It Go from Disney film Frozen, The Moon Song from Her, and Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
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