The Gold Knight: Academy rescinds Original Song nomination for ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’Written by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Alone Yet Not Alone” has lost its single Oscar nomination. The film, which was nominated for its Original Song of the same name, came under fire from the motion picture academy for campaigning for a nomination.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors met Jan. 28 and decided to rescind the nomination. Another song will not be named in its place.
This is a rare move for the non-profit organization.
The first time a nomination was rescinded by the Academy was in 1993, when it took “A Place in the World” out of contention for Best Foreign Language Film of 1992. The film was nominated for Uruguay, but was declared ineligible and removed from the final ballot after information surfaced that the film was wholly produced in Argentina.The only Oscar that has ever been recalled was in May 1969 for Best Documentary Feature for “Young Americans,” after it was discovered that the picture had played prior to the year of eligibility. The first runner-up, “Journey into Self,” was awarded the statuette the following day.
For “Alone Yet Not Alone,” it’s the end of a short and bizarre Oscar journey that began when nominations were announced Jan. 16. Oscar reporters and prognosticators alike were befuddled when the movie’s title song was announced, beating out originals offerings from well-known singers including Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Lana Del Rey.
“Alone Yet Not Alone” features music by Bruce Broughton and lyrics by Dennis Spiegel. Broughton is a former Governor for the Academy and currently serves on its music branch executive committee.
During the nominations voting process, he emailed members of the branch about his song, according to the Academy. This was a red flag.
“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 Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, in a statement.
The Board decided that Broughton’s actions went against its regulations, which state, “it is the Academy’s goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner. … [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.”
And on Jan. 28, the Board voted to rescind the nomination.
No other song will be added to the current list of Original Song nominees:
- “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 86th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2013, will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Toledo Free Press Design Editor and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch James discuss movies every Friday on FOX Toledo’s “Daybreak” and WTOL-11′s “Your Day.” Listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m.