One of the more obscure nominations in this year’s Oscar race was to be
Alone Yet Not Alone
in the Best Original Song category, but now that nomination has been rescinded.
In a turn of events that has very rarely been seen throughout Oscar history, the board of governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has disqualified the song on grounds that its composer Bruce Broughton had emailed many of the members of the branch to make them aware of the song during the nominations voting period.
According to the Academy’s statement, "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.’"
As a result, the song
Alone Yet not Alone
, from the film of the same name, will now no longer be included in the Academy Award nominations for the Best original Song category, and there will be no replacement for it.
The Hollywood Reporter
about the decision, Broughton said “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."
The remaining nominations in the Best Original Song category are:
Despicable Me 2
Let It Go
The Moon Song
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom