Adding more drama to an already heated Oscar race, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences earlier this week revoked one of its Oscar nominations. And that happens about as often as Woody Allen attends the Oscars – practically never.
The Academy’s board of governors decided to disqualify “Alone Yet Not Alone,” a little-known tune from a little-known Christian film of the same name, from the best original song category.
Apparently, the song’s composer, Bruce Broughton (who is a former Academy governor and executive committee member in its music branch), sent e-mails to Oscar voters to campaign for his song before nominations were announced. And that’s a big no-no.
“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.
Broughton said in an opposing statement that he was “devastated” at the Academy’s decision.
“I indulged in the simplest grass-roots campaign, and it went against me when the song started getting attention,” Broughton told the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The nomination will not be replaced. 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.”
At least it’s one less song we have to sit through during the awards.
But in its 86-year history, the Academy has revoked a nomination only a handful of other times, as reported by Entertainment Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter:Short subject, comedy, 1931-32: “Stout Hearts and Willing Hands”
Interestingly, Rota did win the original score Oscar two years later for “The Godfather Part II.”Best foreign film, 1992: “A Place in the World” (Uruguay) Short subject, live action, 2011: “Tuba Atlantic”