In a rare move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has rescinded its Best Original Song Oscar nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from the movie of the same name.
Bruce Broughton, who wrote the music, reportedly violated the Academy’s rule to campaign in a “fair and ethical manner.” Broughton, who is a Music Branch executive committee member, allegedly emailed other members of the branch during the voting period and told them his song was nominated.
“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,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
He probably should’ve just sent them extremely early holiday gifts.
The Academy won’t replace the nomination. The remaining four songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” “The Moon Song” from “Her,” and “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
The Oscars will be televised March 2 on ABC.