The Academy has officially disqualified the Oscar nominated best original song “Alone Yet Not Alone” from competition after it reviewed the film’s case and it was determined that it’s songwriter, Bruce Broughton, illegally lobbied music branch members.
Broughton is a former governor of the Academy’s Music Branch, and currently is the head of the Music Branch’s executive committee. It was determined that Broughton telephoned voters to lobby for his film, “Alone Yet Not Alone,” which was extremely under the radar and only had a qualifying run for one week in Encino, CA.
In the Academy’s press release on the disqualification, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, “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.”
Despite a long list of snubs and surprise in other major categories, when the nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone” was announced it left many scratching their heads and became a major talking point. This little film that nearly no one had heard of beat out high-profile songs from the likes of Lana Del Rey, Coldplay and Taylor Swift. The reaction led to some further digging, and has resulted in this subsequent disqualification for Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel.
This will leave the best original song category with four nominees: “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “The Moon Song” from “Her,” and “Happy” form “Despicable Me 2.” It also is another embarrassment for the best original song category, which has gone through numerous rule changes over the last few years, a year with only two nominees, and a constant position of flux in the Oscar broadcast.