In a Shocking Move, This Oscar-Nominated Song Was Stripped of Its Nomination

In a Shocking Move, This Oscar-Nominated Song Was Stripped of Its Nomination

Jan 30, 2014

"Alone Yet Not Alone," from the religious-themed drama of the same name, only received a limited theatrical release last fall, prompting some to wonder how it snagged an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. Cocomposer Bruce Broughton is a former Academy governor and current music branch executive committee member, and it turns out he e-mailed some branch members to make them aware of his submission, which "creates the appearance of an unfair advantage," according to the Academy. Thus, the song has been disqualified, and no replacement will be named. 

Many had been questioning the odd nomination ever since it was announced, and it would appear those questions really never went away. That said, the song, while relatively unknown, did come with a great story. The woman who performed it, Joni Eareckson Tada, is a quadriplegic who has limited lung capacity, which would typically prevent her from being able to reach high notes. So in order to record the song, her husband had to push on her diaphragm in order to get her up to those higher notes.

Broughton, meanwhile, is pretty torn up by the whole thing, telling Variety, “I’m devastated. I indulged in the simplest, lamest, grass-roots campaign and it went against me when the song started getting attention. I got taken down by competition that had months of promotion and advertising behind them.”

Do you think the song should've remained an Oscar nominee? 

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

ed note: Erik Davis also contributed to this report


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