Bruce Broughton should have known better. As a former governor of the Motion Picture Academy — and current member of the Music Branch executive committee — Broughton knew that aggressively campaigning for his song “Alone Yet Not Alone” (from film by same title) is strictly forbidden by Academy rules.
In a statement, the Academy’s board of governors voted late Tuesday to rescind the original song nomination for Broughton’s tune — with the lyric penned by Dennis Spiegel.
“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 the Academy’s president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
The remaining nominees in the category include “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” for “Frozen,” “The Moon Song” from “Her,” and “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” penned by U2 and widely considered the frontrunner in this category.