The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being criticized for rescinding the Oscar nomination of the song "Alone Yet Not Alone," which is from the Christian film of the same name. Calls are being made to allow the song to compete.
Artists for Life, a project of Cherish Life Ministries and whose affiliated artist Joni Eareckson Tada has sung the song, has issued a statement calling on the Academy to allow "Alone Yet Not Alone" to compete with other selections for the Oscar award.
The song was nominated for Best Original Song on Jan. 15, but the Academy rescinded the nomination on Jan. 29 on accusations that its composer, Bruce Broughton, used his leadership position in the Academy to improperly influence members to select the film. It is the Academy's first such action on ethical grounds. more >>
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What does "Alone Yet Not Alone" composer Bruce Broughton point to as the reason for why the Academy Awards rescinded his Oscar nomination this week?
"My take on it is that it's a personal attack in order to discredit a nomination that disappointed the people who had spent a lot of money for something else," Broughton told The Christian Post on Friday, who along with lyricist Dennis Spiegel, and vocalist, quadriplegic and disability rights' activist Joni Eareckson Tada, were nominated for "Best Original Song" earlier this month.
"In that way they have been very successful. I have been discredited. My character has been besmirched and sullied," he added. more >>
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An Oscar nomination for a relatively unknown Christian film was rescinded on Wednesday on accusations that its composer used his leadership position in the Academy to improperly influence members to select the film.
Although critics and the film's composers were surprised when "Alone Yet Not Alone" received a nomination for Best Original Song for its song of the same name, not all individuals associated with the film were industry outsiders.
Bruce Broughton, who composed the song, is a former governor of the music branch and current member of the executive committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. more >>