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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- In an exceedingly rare move, an Oscar nomination has been rescinded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
    On Tuesday evening the Academy's Board of Governors voted to disqualify the Best Original Song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone," by composer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel.
    A statement released Wednesday by the Academy said its decision was based on information that Broughton, a former Governor of the Academy and currently an executive committee member of the Music Branch, had emailed members of the branch during the voting period to alert them of his submission to the Best Song category.
    "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.
    The Board decided that Broughton's actions violated the Academy's regulations regarding promotion for Oscar voting.
    No additional nominee in the Original Song category will be named.
    The remaining four nominees are: "Happy" by Pharrell Williams (from "Despicable Me 2"); Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's "Let It Go," from the Disney animated film, "Frozen"; "The Moon Song" from Spike Jonze's "Her" (by Karen O and Jonze); and U2's "Ordinary Love" (from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom").
    The nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" shocked Hollywood when it was announced earlier this month, as no one had heard of the film. Produced by San Antonio-based Enthuse Entertainment, a company whose mission is "to produce God-honoring, faith based, family-friendly films that inspire the human spirit to seek and know God," the film tells a true-life tale of two women abducted by Native Americans in the mid-18th century.

    Their story of perseverance is captured in a hymn:
    "I'm alone, yet not alone.
    God's the light that will guide me home.
    With His love and tenderness,
    Leading through the wilderness,
    And wherever I may roam,
    I'm alone, yet not alone."
    The movie received extremely little theatrical play, and had gone virtually un-reviewed, but made it out of the pool of 75 songs deemed eligible for the Academy Award this year.
    With music by Broughton (previously an Oscar nominee for his score for the western "Silverado," and an eight-time Emmy Award-winner), the song was performed in the film by Joni Eareckson Tada, an author, speaker and quadriplegic who needed her husband to press down on her diaphragm in order to sing.

    Source: Academy rescinds Best Song nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" - CBS News

    I felt kind of bad because the singer of the song is a quadriplegic...

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    I blame Harvey!!!
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    Tho it does make me wonder if they would've done the same thing had Harvey done that for a nominee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joebob View Post
    Tho it does make me wonder if they would've done the same thing had Harvey done that for a nominee.
    If Harvey were repping this nominee, he would have said that Mandela deliberately died just so that "Ordinary Love" would be the sentimental favorite.

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    Sad for the singer, I just saw a report on Inside Edition last night about her; she's a quadriplegic, and in order for her to hit the higher notes when she sings, her husband has to physically push on her diaphragm, since she can't move her own muscles. I kind of wondered how it would work if she had to sing during the awards ceremony (they usually do, right?), would they have her huband on stage with her?

    ETA: I just noticed it pretty much says this in the first post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    Is it an anti-Christian conspiracy?
    Or is it because the Academy doesn't want to build a ramp up to the stage?
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