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by Peter Knegt
January 29, 2014 6:43 PM
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Oscars Rescind Controversial Song Nomination For 'Alone Yet Not Alone'

"Alone Yet Not Alone"

Sorry "Alone Yet Not Alone," you're not the weirdest Oscar nomination of all time anymore.

On Tuesday night, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to take back the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from the film of the same name. With music by Bruce Broughton and lyric by Dennis Spiegel, the decision was "prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period."

"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,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.

The Board determined that Broughton’s actions were inconsistent with the Academy’s promotional regulations, which provide, among other terms, that “it is the Academy's goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner. If any campaign activity is determined by the Board of Governors to work in opposition to that goal, whether or not anticipated by these regulations, the Board of Governors may take any corrective actions or assess any penalties that in its discretion it deems necessary to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process.”

An additional nominee in the Original Song category will not be named (sorry Lana Del Rey). The remaining nominees in the category are:

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

The Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday, March 2, 2014.


  • Lynn | February 2, 2014 3:40 PMReply

    What a bunch of bigots!!!! They praise so many raunchy songs and movies as art and are actually "afraid" to have one little faith based song be part of the nominations for an Oscar. I will not be watching it. That's for sure!!!!!

  • John | January 29, 2014 9:24 PMReply

    Why did they decide to un-nominate that, but not "The Lone Ranger" for the two categories it's nominated for. Makes no sense.

  • Stephanie | January 30, 2014 12:12 AM

    You obviously didn't read one word of this article. They rescinded this nomination because the nominee used his position within the academy to give himself an unfair advantage. Please tell me how that relates to the nominations for "The Lone Ranger."

  • joe H. | January 29, 2014 8:58 PMReply

    They let actors, directors, and producers advertise and campaign for their work constantly, but NOW there's complaints of unethical behavior?? What total bullshit, the Academy should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Stephanie | January 30, 2014 12:14 AM

    Advertising and campaigning are within the rules. Using your position within the governing board to send personal emails to people is a lot different than taking out an ad in Variety. On the contrary, the Academy should be proud of themselves for doing the right thing. I only wish they'd give another person the 5th slot that this thing originally took.

  • kevin | January 29, 2014 8:56 PMReply

    Is this the first time an Oscar nomination has been withdrawn?

  • Jake Jacobson | January 31, 2014 7:01 PM

    The all-time gaffe was in 1956 when the Bowery Boy's film HIGH SOCIETY was erroneously nominated for Best Screenplay when it was cleary meant for the Sinatra-Crosby HIGH SOCIETY. Ed Bernds and his partner on the Bowery Boy's series graciously gave up their nomination to an embarrassed Academy and the other film was restored. In truth, I had more pleasure watching the Monogram pictures version!

  • Themainfan | January 29, 2014 7:13 PMReply

    These sons of bitches