Academy Rescinds Original Song Nomination For “Alone Yet Not Alone” (@TheAcademy)

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On Tuesday night, the Academys Board of Governors voted to rescind the Original Song nomination for Alone Yet Not Alone, 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 ones position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote ones own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage, said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.

The Board determined that Broughtons actions were inconsistent with the Academys 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. The remaining nominees in the category are:

Happyfrom Despicable Me 2
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

Let It Gofrom Frozen
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

The Moon Songfrom Her
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

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

The members from each of the Academys branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, musicians and composers nominate song and score.

During the nominations process, all 240 voting members of the Music Branch received a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Song category and a DVD copy of the song clips with film and song title only (additional information including composer and lyricist is not provided). Members were asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five nominees in the category.A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

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