The Academy Award nomination of the title song, "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the movie of the same name came as a shock to many. According to a January 18 article published in the Christian Post the Christian movie only screened in nine cities in 2013 and yet it has picked up a nomination for Best Original Song. The song has beat out Coldplay, Taylor Swift, and Lana Del Ray to have the title track performed at the Academy Awards.
Nomination a surprise to everyone
While this nomination was a surprise to critics, it was even more of a surprise to the song's composer Bruce Broughton and vocalist, Joni Erickson Tada.
"I'm the least likely candidate to record a song for a movie, I'll tell you that up front, so it's amazing. It's amazing enough that a family friendly movie with a Christian theme is nominated in any category for an Academy Award. Besides The Blind Side, which was wonderful, it's just not the norm." – Joni Erickson Tada via The Hollywood Reporter
Joni has been an inspiration to many for decades. At age 17 she experienced a diving accident that left her a quadriplegic. Since then, God has used her as a singer, author, painter, and she is CEO of her own organization Joni and Friends.
This is a second nomination for song writer Bruce Broughton. He was previously nominated for an Academy Award back in 1986 for Best Original Score for "Silverado." News of his nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" was a complete surprise.
"You couldn't ever call it a dark horse. It was an invisible horse. My songwriting partner Dennis Spiegel [who wrote the song's lyrics] called and he was so excited he could hardly speak." --Broughton via Yahoo Movies
The nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" is being called the most surprising nomination this year. There's very little information out there about the film. No reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and no box office information on Box Office Mojo. While it left critics scratching their heads, we should remember the nomination didn't take God by surprise.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. "For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).