Alone Yet Not Alone: The shady story behind 2014's most obscure Oscar nominee

After convening its board of governors, the Academy has officially disqualified "Alone Yet Not Alone" due to an "ethical breach" by the song's writer.

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Update: "Alone Yet Not Alone" has officially been disqualified in the Best Original Song category over what the board of governors has deemed an "ethical breach." On January 28, the Board of Governors convened and concluded that the song's writer, Bruce Broughton, had used improper campaigning tactics to secure Alone Yet Not Alone's nomination. Broughton, a former governor himself, "had emailed members of the branch in order to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period," said the Academy in a statement.

Though the rules do not expressly prohibit Broughton's actions, the board ruled that Broughton's actions violated a broad Academy principle: To "ensure that the awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner."

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