After weeks of confusion, a private investigation, and lots of speculation, the Academy has announced it has officially rescinded “Alone Yet Not Alone” as a nominee for best song. In a statement from the Academy, they explain that the nomination was withdrawn because Bruce Broughton, the song-writer of “Alone Yet Not Alone,” had “emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.” Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is the president of the Academy, weighed in.
“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 explained, “The Board determined that Broughton’s actions were inconsistent with the Academy’s promotional regulations.” In their statement it was also noted that there would be no additional nominee to replace this ousted one.
(I can imagine there are some people who were very disappointed to hear that news.)
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, “Alone Yet Not Alone” writer Broughton says:
“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.”
Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the other nominations that have been revoked from the Academy over the years, and it is a pretty peculiar list.
I’ve been following this nomination drama since the morning the nominations were announced and I have to admit there is a bit of satisfaction with this new turn of events. Of course it must be devastating for the people involved with “Alone Yet Not Alone,” but the integrity of the category and even the nomination process itself was at stake.
The nominations for best song are:
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2
Music and Lyrics by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from Frozen
Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from Her
Music by Karen O; Lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyrics by Paul Hewson
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