Nominated Yet Not Nominated: What Message Did the Academy Send?
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It's an independent Christian movie that few have seen—but it has garnered a massive amount of the Academy Awards discussion so far.

Alone Yet Not Alone gained attention for its Oscar nomination—and this week's subsequent disqualification—for best original song. The hymnal song "Alone Yet Not Alone," featuring the voice of Joni Eareckson Tada, is no longer in the Oscar running. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences concluded that writer Bruce Broughton personally promoted the song by emailing Academy members. That, the academy said, violated the rules, and the nomination was withdrawn.

"All I can say is, they must have been terrified by the song and it's one [very] good song too," Broughton's wife, Belinda, posted on Facebook. "Well, they are happy now, they can play together in the same sand box again."

"This is stunning news," producer George Escobar wrote. "An injustice. Read. Share. Pray. Forgive."

For Ken Wales, the executive producer of Alone Yet Not Alone and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the investigation and disqualification of the song, based on its "unfair advantage," seemed inconsistent.

"It seems unfair because they did not apply this scrutiny to anything else that has had a lot more questionable persuasion techniques and advertising," he told CT. "I don't think there was any rule that was abridged. All Academy members talk to each other … there is total interaction by academy members recommending to each other something they have seen. It goes with the artistic makeup of the academy. It's what we do. We tell stories, and people talk to ...

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