“Alone Yet Not Alone” Axed From Best Original Song Oscar Nominees
It’s a beautiful anthem of faith and hope, but “Alone Yet Not Alone” will no longer be considered for the Best Original Song Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards.
Composer Bruce Broughton is actually a former governor of the AMPAS music division, and he’s been accused of improperly influencing the voters to listen to his modern-day hymn, sung by quadriplegic author/radio host Joni Eareckson Tada.
Fearful that the Academy members would simply overlook the song, given the fact that it’s from a Christian film, Broughton sent out emails to draw attention to it.
He explained, "So, yeah, I wrote some people and said, 'Could you just take a look?' That was literally the extent of the campaigning. I received in the mail songs from other films that were pressed and recorded CDs. We didn’t do anything like that at all."
But Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs called foul- "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.”
Following the decision, a “devastated” Bruce noted, "I indulged in the simplest grass-roots campaign and it went against me when the song started getting attention. I got taken down by competition that has months of promotion and advertising behind them."