Academy Votes to Rescind Best Song Nom for 'Alone Yet Not Alone'
Time to make history. The Academy has just voted that the 2013 Best Song nomination for little-seen film Alone Yet Not Alone has been rescinded, meaning it will no longer be nominated. The Academy does not state whether another film will be nominated, or whether it will leave the category with the four other noms intact. This news comes a week after pressure from various PR agencies and reps, going so far as to hire a Private Investigator to figure out how it got nominated. It barely showed in theaters in LA, and barely had any ad campaign, but at the end of it all, one of the Music Branch execs was caught emailing about the film.
So now we get to learn a lesson in responsibility from the Academy. They state (via Deadline) in their press release: "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. "It is the Academy’s goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner," and apparently this broke the rules. Big news as this film was the odd fifth choice in the Best Song category, knocking out others like "Please Mr. Kennedy" from Inside Llewyn Davis. Then again, that film got snubbed by the Academy overall.
The film itself, Alone Yet Not Alone, is based on the novel Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven. The story is based on the true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger, who were taken by force from their German immigrant family in 1750s Pennsylvania. It was released for only one week, showing once a day, in November in Los Angeles. The film's title track, sung by Joni Eareckson Tada, was originally nominated for an Oscar but will now be removed from the nominees. Ouch. Is this solid justice or a scathing move?