Disqualified: Oscars Dump Best Song Underdog
One of the Oscar nominees for Best Original Song has been disqualified, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences discovered that the song’s writer and former Academy governor, Bruce Broughton, had broken the rules by making Academy members known of his submission. Broughton was nominated as a writer of the hymnal song “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the film of the same name.
“The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period,” the Academy 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,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy president, in the press release.
“I’m devastated. I indulged in the simplest grassroots 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,” Broughton said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.