The Board of Governors’ decision to rescind the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton, was made thoughtfully and after careful consideration. The Academy takes very seriously anything that undermines the integrity of the Oscars® voting process. The Board regretfully concluded that Mr. Broughton’s actions did precisely that.
The nominating process for Original
Song is intended to be anonymous, with each eligible song listed only
by title and the name of the film in which it is used—the idea being to
prevent favoritism and promote unbiased voting. It’s been a
long-standing policy and practice of the Academy—as well as a
requirement of Rule 5.3 of the 86th Academy Awards® Rules—to omit
composer and lyricist credits from the DVD of eligible songs that are
sent to members of the Music Branch. The Academy wants members to vote
for nominees based solely on the achievement of a particular song in a
movie, without regard to who may have written it.
sent an email to at least 70 of his fellow Music Branch members—nearly
one-third of the branch’s 240 members. When he identified the song as
track #57 as one he had composed, and asked voting branch members to
listen to it, he took advantage of information that few other potential
nominees are privy to. As a former Academy Governor and current
member of the Music Branch’s executive committee, Mr. Broughton should
have been more cautious about acting in a way that made it appear as if
he were taking advantage of his position to exert undue influence. At a
minimum, his actions called into question whether the process was
"fair and equitable," as the Academy's rules require. The Academy is
dedicated to doing everything it can to ensure a level playing field
for all potential Oscar® contenders—including those who don’t enjoy the
access, knowledge, and influence of a long-standing Academy insider.