Oscar Devastation: Academy Removes A Nominee And For Good Reason

Jan 31, 2014 at 8:45 am |
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts has made a bold and rare move by disqualifying the odd Christian movie Alone Yet Not Alone from being a nominee for best original song.  Also part of the decision and voting process was the Sciences Board of Governors.  The vote took place this past Tuesday night.  The movie, which has music in it by Bruce Broughton, has been rumored to be associated with improper lobbying, and it’s apparent that the Academy of Motion Pictures is believing the rumors.

Where exactly are the rumors coming from?  Well, all we can is that Broughton has obviously brought this on himself.  It was discovered that he emailed members of the nominating branch in which he works and informed them that he was interested in being nominated.  In all actuality, he was trying to smooth talk his way into winning an award.  Bad move Broughton!  As one would imagine, he lost his nomination.

So, what grounds did Broughton stand on to think that he actually had any pull in being able to smooth talk the members?  He was a former governor as well as a current executive committee member of the branch that was handling the nominations.  Sure, that may be a lot to brag on, but it most certainly won’t be winning him an award this year.

Alone Yet Not Alone was released in theaters for a total of 21 days, and while it only grossed a little over $100,000, it somehow managed to snag an Oscar nomination.  This had some people raising an eyebrow or two because it “beat out songs from pop starts such as Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Jay-Z and Lana Del Ray.”  It was pretty clear that something was not as it should be.

There’s only been one other time that a film or individual has found their selves in the same shoes as Broughton, and this was the 1967 film Young Americans.  And while it did manage to win the Oscar, one month after doing so, it was taken back because it had been discovered that the movie had really been filmed in the prior year.  How was the issue settled?  Easily.  The runner-up was given the award, which was Journey Into Self.

There are no plans to fill the empty nomination spot on the ballot now, and this has some people very frustrated.  Honestly, we don’t blame them.  It seems that any of the other 70 songs could easily fill in the empty spot, especially given that the ballots have not been printed up or mailed out to voters.  Besides, most voters do so online, and we all now how easy it would be to add another song to the ballot on the online voting page.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts has made a bold and rare move by disqualifying the odd Christian movie Alone Yet Not Alone from being a nominee for best original song.