This is something I put together from several news sources with some addition by me.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) had surprised everyone with its nomination for an Oscar of a song from an obscure Christian movie.
I noted the disgusting media reaction to the song, "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the movie of the same name. One of the film's producers was surprised, amazed, and overjoyed by the announcement.
Well, apparently the Academy board was also surprised and amazed by the nomination though apparently not overjoyed! They were probably also a bit shocked by the reaction of the liberal media elites and the gay-rights activists. So they did the only thing a group of hypocrits could do, they withdrew the nomination.
This was almost as great a shock as the nomination itself. In fact, it is so rare that The Los Angeles Times noted,
"For the first time in its history, the academy this week revoked an Oscar nomination on ethical grounds, by the composer of "Alone Yet Not Alone,"
which would have been one of the five contenders for original song at this year's Oscars.
But the action has prompted criticism that the academy has cracked down on a small movie that can't compete with big-budget Oscar campaigns mounted by studios. "Alone Yet Not Alone," from a film of the same name about 18th century Colonists in the Ohio Valley, is a low-budget, faith-based movie that features an iconic quadriplegic pastor.
"If the academy is just hoping they can keep quiet and this story will go away, they need to find a different strategy," said DanielDiermeier, a professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and an expert in crisis management.
In an industry where studios pay companies millions of dollars to deliver Oscar votes (including lavish parties, free screenings, bags of gifts, and who really knows what else).
In revoking the nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone," the academy said that the song's music writer, Bruce Broughton, a longtime academy member who serves on the music branch's executive committee, improperly emailed members of the branch during the voting period. He said, came from his own Rolodex, not an academy
database.(He only asked them to listen. He didn't ask them to vote for it.) The song was co-written by lyricist Dennis Spiegel and sung in the film by Agoura Hills pastor Joni Eareckson Tada.
Bruce Broughton"s email:
"I'm dropping you a line to boldly direct your attention to entry #57," he wrote, alluding to the track's number on a CD of contending music. "I'm sending this note only
because it is extremely unlikely that this small, independent, faith-based film will be seen by any music branch member; it's the only way I can think of to have anyone be aware of the song."
But Broughton has cried foul, saying he was simply trying to draw attention to his independent movie, as many in Hollywood do during awards season.
"They had previews and parties and huge promotion," Broughton said of the studio campaigns for Oscar-nominated songs from other films, which include box-office hits such as Disney's "Frozen" and Universal Pictures' "Despicable Me 2." "We had no budget. There's no Oscar campaign. All there is is this really stupid email that went out to about 70 people saying, 'Please look at my song.'
With the elimination of â€œAlone Yet Not Aloneâ€ from the best original song category, only four songs will compete for the Oscar: U2sâ€œOrdinary Love,â€
from â€œMandela: Long Walk to Freedomâ€;
â€œHappy,â€ from â€œDespicable Me 2â€³;
â€œLet It Goâ€ from â€œFrozenâ€; and
â€œThe Moon Songâ€ from â€œHer.â€
Keep in mind it was only nominated . It still had to beat the songs above to win an Oscar. Why pull the nomination ? The academy could have just voted for one of the other songs. The reason they pulled it was the academy wanted to make certain it couldn't win.
As Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of "Schindler's List" noted, in an industry where over-the-top, in-your-face promotion "seems to me to have been the normal practice for a long, long time... the Academy has suddenly discovered lobbying in the case of this one song?"
The academy's board of governors concluded Tuesday night that Broughton's actions violated the bylaw that campaigning must be conducted "in a fair and ethical
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement, "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."
Where's the ACLU sueing for discrimination of a quadriplegic ?
No where to be seen .
Joni Eareckson Tada the artist singing Alone Yet Not Alone