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  • 30 January 2014, 15:23

Song Loses Oscar Nomination Over Vote Violation

A song named in the best song category for this year's Academy Awards has had its nomination revoked after the songwriter violated voting rules.

Musician Bruce Broughton, a former Academy governor and executive committee member in its music branch, composed the title song for the Christian faith film Alone Yet Not Alone.

But questions were asked when the track from a little-known film was nominated alongside Pharrell Williams' Happy from Despicable Me 2, Let It Go from Frozen, The Moon Song from Her, and Ordinary Love by U2 for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

The Academy said Mr Broughton had used his position within the organisation to contact voters about his song submission, which is "inconsistent" with rules on Oscar nominations campaigning.

"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," Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy president, said in a statement.

In a statement Mr Broughton said he was "devastated" by the decision.

The film tells a story about the English colonies in Ohio in the 18th century.

The original song and score categories of the Oscars are voted for by the 240 members of the Academy's music branch, who are sent DVD copies of song clips with the film and song title only, the Academy said.

The voters are not given the name of the composer or lyricist. Each member is asked to vote for no more than five nominees in each category.

The film industry's star-studded Oscars ceremony will be held on March 2 in Hollywood.

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