One of the surprises during the recent Academy Award nominations was that for a song from a virtually unknown Christian movie that had only played a few shows in Los Angeles in order to qualify. Yesterday the Academy yanked that nomination over shady campaigning by the songwriter.
From their press release:
On Tuesday night, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rescind the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton and lyric by Dennis Spiegel. 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. “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.
A crooked “Christian”? Perish the thought!
This news will certainly send Rick “Frothy Mix” Santorum and Joel Osteen to the nearest glory hole in frustration.