Little Known Song Knocked Off Oscar Ballot

Few had heard of “Alone Yet Not Alone”, or the movie of the same name, before it was nominated for Best Original Song in this year’s Academy Awards. Matt Singer at The Dissolve even went so far as to ask “what the heck is it?” And he’s a guy who knows his movies.

The short version is that it’s from a faith-based movie with a tiny release. For a while, how it became widely known enough to be nominated was a mystery. Now that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to take it off the ballot, we know a bit more.

In what the Hollywood Reporter is calling “a move with few precedents”, the song was knocked out of the running because the composer may have misused contacts as a former governor and current executive council member for the academy. In other words, he sent out a mass e-mail.

Some of the governors involved in this decision must’ve been arguing to let this pass. Unsurprisingly, I’m not versed in Academy Award rules, but for an infraction like this, looking the other way for a song that has a slim, slim chance of winning seems favourable to what’s surely an inevitable bout of controversy for “targeting” a religious movie. Times like these make me glad I stopped going to Big Hollywood out of grim curiosity.


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Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

2 thoughts on “Little Known Song Knocked Off Oscar Ballot”

  1. This is rather puzzling. The campaigning by studios and actors in the run-up to the Academy Awards is notorious and has been for years. Now, if he’d used the song in another, earlier production, as happened to the love theme from “The Godfather”, I could see the reason for disqualification, but for lobbying? Puh-leeze.

  2. One of the more disappointing aspects is that the composer in question is Bruce Broughton, who has done excellent work in the past (Silverado, Young Sherlock Holmes) but never seemed to get much of a break in the decades following.

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