Academy Awards rescinds 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Oscar nomination
There will be one less song in the Best Original Song category in this year’s Oscars, as the Academy Awards has disqualified the song "Alone Yet Not Alone" - from the movie of the same name - from the nominations list.
The original song and score categories of the Oscars are voted for by the 240 members of the Academy's music branch, who do not know the name of the composer or lyricist when they vote for nominees.
According to a statement released by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, composer Bruce Broughton used his influence as a former Academy board member to contact the voters regarding the submission of the song.
The songwriter emailed 70 voters about submitting the song for considerationduring the nominations voting period, which is a no-no and a violation of Academy rules.
Broughton who has already won nearly dozen Emmy awards and has a previous Academy Award nomination for Silverado, serves as a member of the music branch's executive committee and is a former governor for the academy.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, "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"
Broughton told The Hollywood Reporter, "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."
No additional song will be nominated to replace the ousted 'Alone Yet Not Alone'.
The other nominees are "Happy" from Pharrell Williams' "Despicable Me 2," ''Let It Go" from the Disney movie "Frozen," ''The Moon Song" from "Her" and "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
The Oscars ceremony will be held on March 2 in Hollywood.