The Academy Disqualifies Nominee for 'Best Original Song'
TVGuide.com reports that The Academy has disqualified one of the nominees in the category of 'Best Original Song Oscar.
According to the Academy, Bruce Broughton, who wrote the music to "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the movie of the same title was found to have violated the Academy's rule to campaign in a "fair and ethical manner." Broughton, who serves as a Music Branch executive committee member, had sent emails to his fellow committee members during the voting period to give them a head's up that his song was in the running for the award.
"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 nomination slot will not be filled by another songwriter, leaving a four-way race for 'Best Song' among "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, "Let It Go" from Frozen, "The Moon Song" from Her, and "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen, composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Broadway's Avenue Q, Book of Mormon')
The Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 2.