Academy Awards - First Oscar Nomination In Years Rescinded Thanks To Composer's "Grassroots Campaign"

In a move with very few precedents in the Academy Awards’ 86-year-long history, the Academy’s board of Governors has disqualified a nominee. The song Alone Yet Not Alone, featured in a little-known indie film of the same name has had its Best Original Soundtrack nomination rescinded, thanks to what the creator, Bruce Broughton, calls “the simplest grassroots campaign.”

Broughton, a former Academy governor and current music branch executive committee member, "had emailed [some of the other 239] members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period," the Academy said in a statement Wednesday (quote via The Hollywood Reporter). Broughton’s connections to the board are quite extensive – he served as a governor between 2003 and 2012. 28 years ago, Broughton scored another nod for Best Original Soundtrack for his work on Silverado. Alone Yet Not Alone will therefore not appear on Oscar ballots once voting starts on February 14th and there will not be another nominee selected in its place.'

Broughton shared the nomination with lyricist Dennis Spiegel. The two worked together on the soundtrack for Alone Yet Not Alone, a faith-based feature about 18th century colonists struggling to survive in the Ohio Valley. In the film, the song was performed by Joni Eareckson Tada, a prominent, quadriplegic Evangelical minister.

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