Best Song nominee disqualified from Oscars
"Alone Yet Not Alone" has been pulled for Best Song nominee at the Oscar Awards and composer Bruce Broughton is left "devastated".The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) revoked the nomination after its composer Bruce Broughton - who is a Governor for AMPAS - was accused of "personally promoting" the song after he emailed voters asking to submit it for consideration.
Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, said in a statement: "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."
Broughton - who was previously nominated for Best Original Score in 1985 for "Silverado" - was "devastated" after the song was pulled from the competition following nominations on January 16.
He explained: "I indulged in the simplest grass roots campaign and it went against me when the song started getting attention.
"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."
Ray Bengston's "Alone Yet Not Alone" was released in September 2013 starring Kelly Greyson and Clay Walker.
The song's left in the line up include Pharrell Williams's "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2", "The Moon Song" from "Her", "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen".