The Oscars Revoke a Best Song Nomination

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The saga of the surprise Best Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone” has gotten even stranger. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has announced that it is revoking the song’s Oscar nomination, following reports of improper campaigning by the song’s composer, Bruce Broughton, a former governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“Alone Yet Not Alone” comes from an evangelical historical drama of the same name. Its nomination was a bit of a surprise. Now it seems that there was something more sinister behind the seemingly out of nowhere nomination.

The Academy voted Tuesday night to rescind the nomination, following revelations that Broughton had emailed members of the voting bloc during the voting period to lobby for his song. In addition to having served as a former governor, Broughton is currently an executive committee member of the Academy.

“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’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs said.

There will not be another song nominated in its place so, no, Taylor Swift, you still aren’t getting an Oscar nomination.

It doesn’t happen frequently, but this is not the first time the Academy has withdrawn a nomination. In 1992, A Place in the World lost its nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, after it was revealed that the film was produced in Argentina and not its native Uruguay.