A contender for this year's best song Oscar has had its nomination revoked after it emerged that its composer, an ex-Academy governor, contacted voters. Bruce Broughton is accused of using his position to promote the title song from “Alone Yet Not Alone”, an independent film with a Christian message. The Academy said his emails, though “well-intentioned”, had created “the appearance of an unfair advantage.” In a statement, Broughton said he was “devastated” by the Academy's decision.
The ousted track will not be replaced by another contender, leaving four compositions to compete for this year's award for best original song.
The 2014 Academy Awards will be held on 2 March at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.