The biggest shock of Nomination Morning this year was easily the inclusion of the song "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the film of the same name, in the Original Song category. In the ensuing weeks, controversies emerged about the film's eligibility, primarily from its breaking of Academy rules concerning advertising, and the suspicion over the fact that the song had been written by high-ranking Academy member and Music branch executive committee member Bruce Broughton. The final nail in its coffin, though, has been reports that Broughton emailed Academy members during the voting process to urge them to consider his film. “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 the President of the Academy. What's interesting is that now there's another spot for an original song.
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