Oscars revoke Best Original Song nomination in faith-based film 'Alone Yet Not Alone'


HOLLYWOOD — In a rare move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has revoked its Oscar nomination for the song, "Alone Yet Not Alone," from a faith-based film of the same name.

Author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada recorded the song after being moved by its lyrics and score.

Eareckson Tada said that she can imagine the disappointment of Emmy-award winner and previous Oscar nominee composer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel in the rescinding of their Oscar nomination, it in no way detracts from either the song's beauty or its message.

"I was grateful for the attention the nomination brought to this worthy song and the inspirational film behind it, as well as to the ongoing work of Joni and Friends to people affected by disabilities," said Eareckson Tada. "The decision by the Academy to rescind the nomination may well bring even further attention, and I only hope it helps to further extend the message and impact of the song."

The Academy claimed that Broughton, a former member of the Academy board, used his influence to get the nomination by sending an email to bring the song to the attention of Oscar voters.

Broughton said in a statement he was "devastated" at the Academy's decision.

"I indulged in the simplest grass roots campaign and it went against me when the song started getting attention. I got taken down by competition that had months of promotion and advertising behind them. I simply asked people to find the song and consider it," the musician said.

According to Cheryl Boon Isaacs, president of the Academy, any perceived campaigning is considered a violation of the rules.

"It is the Academy's goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner," the Academy said in a statement.

"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 ... to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process."

The Academy will not nominate any other song in its place.

The remaining contenders in the category are Pharrell Williams' "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," "Let It Go" from Disney film "Frozen," "The Moon Song" from "Her," and "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

The movie is based on the true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger in 1755, during the French and Indian War. They fled religious persecution in Germany and sought a new life in America. The film recounts the faith and courage of the family as they face hardships, loss and sorrows.

The movie will be released nationwide on June 13.

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