Oscar nominee disqualified

30 January 2014

Alone Yet Not Alone now alone.

Historical drama (and tongue twister) Alone Yet Not Alone received a Best Original Song nod at the Oscar nominations announcement earlier this month - now it has emerged that nomination has been rescinded.

Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel, who wrote the music and lyrics to the song, respectively, were disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) which adjudicates the awards.

According to the Academy, Broughton abused his position as a former Governor and board member of AMPAS by directly contacting Oscar voters via email to lobby for votes.

Most nominees and studios campaign vigorously to voters during awards season but there are fairly strict rules to avoid accusations against bribery and corruption.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in statement: ““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.”

Broughton said he was “devastated” by the news. “I indulged in the simplest, lamest, grass-roots campaign and it went against me when the song started getting attention,” he told trade mag Variety. “I got taken down by competition that had months of promotion and advertising behind them.”

Disqualification is rare (but not unprecedented) in the history of the prestigious awards show. A handful of nominees, including Nino Rota’s score for The Godfather, have seen nominations revoked - but this may be the first time a disqualification has been issued due to campaign tactics.

When the second and final round of Oscar voting takes place on February 14th, Broughton and Spiegel’s song will not appear on the ballot, and no new song will replace it. Only the following songs will remain in the category: Happy (Despicable Me 2), Let It Go (Frozen), The Moon Song (Her) and Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom).

We'll find out who wins on Oscars night, March 2nd - broadcast exclusively live right here on Sky Movies.

[Source: Yahoo]