It has been one of the Oscars most controversial moments, and now the nomination for best song from the film Alone Yet Not Alone has been withdrawn.
When the nominations were announced, people were shocked and surprised at the nod for Alone Yet Not Alone in the best original song category. So much so that a PR company hired a private detective to look into it to see if foul play was involved, seeing that the film was unknown to most. It seems like they were right to do so.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the Academy have disqualified Alone Yet Not Alone from the Best Song category after an investigation that shown that the film was getting an improper promotion by songwriter Bruce Broughton – a member on the Music Branch Executive Committee and a former AMPAS governor. The investigation showed that Broughton “had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.” Sounds a bit naughty.
Academy President Cheryl Boone-Isaacs said in a 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.”
So, in other words, cheating is wrong m’kay. Let’s hope this is a one-off incident.