The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors has voted to withdraw the 2014 Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” written by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel. "The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period."
By signing this petition I want to show my support for Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel and demand that the Board of Governors prove that no other nominations in the 2014 Academy Awards (in any category) has not been promoted in ways similar to, or more aggressively, than "Alone Yet Not Alone".
This is a time for Hollywood to acknowledge a huge and tragic mistake. This is not about liberal or conservative or religious or anti-religious subjects at bottom. It is a moment that should not be seized on by any partisans or ideologues. It is a moment about humanity. It is a moment for AMPAS to be told not only that the abusive emotional damage done to Bruce is unacceptable and must be repaired, but that a huge mistake, one that Hollywood is prone to making at various levels of intensity, has to be rectified. It is a mistake of mandarins attacking art and craft when we need art the most. It is a mistake of mandarins attacking the very substance they ultimately depend on. By attacking Bruce for actions which have no comparison to the monied, relentless, destructive influence-currying campaigns of PR carried on here, often in the service of the superficial, they are attacking themselves and the deepest foundation of art in movies, under the noise and tumult of sensation and a strange attempt to to avoid impropriety when large hypocrisies go unpunished. Art is one of the the basic and deeper impulses of our better natures. Without it, Hollywood couldn't exist. Because the tinsel and glitter of the mighty facades in this town, and media, while imposing and entertaining, eventually become obsolete in the face of the next wave of tinsel and glitter. But the the impulse of art does not fold. It is the impulse of art which propels Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Natalie Portman, and many others all the way to a young unknown student on fire with a different way to tell a story after reading the Iliad, and it also propels Bruce Broughton. He is one of the greatest artists we have here, with a vast knowledge and appreciation of the past richness of movies, and his own music is a part of that important history, in the myriad ways it has enriched so many films. Anyone who has heard the emotional, orchestrational, and dramatic depth of his music to 'Silverado' among many others he has done knows this. That he is not being given the chance to have a small piece of music he created that brings such richness to a new film (which I think can be agreed on, regardless of whether you favor the film or not) accepted for a nomination is only understandable if you don't believe in justice and the 'letter and meaning of the law' as opposed to 'the rule of law' which is often mechanical and reactionary. If nothing changes, it would be good if the eventual winner gathers the other nominees together on the Oscar stage and publicly gives the award to Bruce. In the meantime, at least, letters and more can be written. Resistance is not futile.' Bevan Manson
Just bring it back, show that hollywood still has some integrity left
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