The Academy Award nomination of the small-budget Christian movie Alone Yet Not Alone for best song was rescinded. The composer of the music, a former member of the Board of Governors, was said to have improperly promoted the song by e-mailing the current board about it.
That the Academy is taking back the nomination because of this seems strange, given the elaborate and costly promotional campaigns that studios currently wage to win votes. I wonder if this is the whole story. Once word got out about the evangelical nature of the movie, could that have sabotaged it with the Academy? The nomination was widely criticized in Hollywood circles not for the song but because the film had been praised by Christians characterized as being “anti-gay.” [Read more...]