Oscars 2014: 'Best Song' nomination rescinded over 'appearance of an unfair advantage'

ASCAP Board of Directors Member Bruce Broughton speaks on stage during the 21st Annual ASCAP Film and Television Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on April 11, 2006.
ASCAP Board of Directors Member Bruce Broughton speaks on stage during the 21st Annual ASCAP Film and Television Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on April 11, 2006. Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

The Oscar nomination for Best Original Song has been revoked for the song "Alone Yet Not Alone," written by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel for the little-known film of the same name.

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The decision to pull the nomination came from the Oscar's Board of Governors, which found that Broughton — who is a former member of the Board — had emailed Oscar Academy members about the song during the nominations voting period. The Academy said in a statement on the official Oscars website that the emails created the appearance of an unfair advantage.

"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 Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the statement.

The song had been nominated alongside "Let it Go" from Disney's "Frozen" and "Happy," written by Pharell Williams for the movie "Despicable Me 2."

The Academy said a new song would not be nominated.

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