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1 of 1 The Academy has disqualified one of this year's Oscar contenders
The Academy has disqualified one of this year's Oscar contenders

The Academy has disqualified the song Alone Yet Not Alone from this year's Oscars.

The board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have made the shock decision to revoke an Oscar the song due to the composer, Bruce Broughton, making voters "aware of his submission during the nominations voting period."

Alone Yet No Alone, which features on the soundtrack to the largely unknown film of the same name, was nominated for Best Original Song.

However, the track will no longer be eligible to enter the ballot when final voting takes place on February 14 according to a press release from the Academy.

Speaking about the decision Cheryl Boone Isaacs, The Academy President said: "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.

The Academy's press release also stated: "it is the Academy's goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner." 

They Academy have said they believed Bruce's actions violated their "promotional regulations" and were therefore forced to withdraw his nomination from the award ceremony.

In response to the Academy's decision Broughton said: "I'm devastated. I got taken down by competition that had months of promotion and advertising behind them. I simply asked people to find the song and consider it."

The nominations for the Best Original Song now are: 

Happy from Despicable Me 2 - Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
Let It Go from Frozen - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
The Moon Song from Her - Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

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