Those who watch the Oscars need to understand the song that receives the Oscar for best song may not deserve the honor. The Motion Picture Academy arbitrarily rescinded the nomination of the song "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the best song category.
According to a review
"ALONE YET NOT ALONE tells the inspiring story of Barbara and
Regina Leininger and their journey of faith and survival during the
French & Indian war in 1755. Captured by the Allegheny Indians
in a raid on their home and transported over 300 miles of wilderness
to Ohio, the sisters are sustained only by their abiding trust in
God, and their hope of escape against all odds to be reunited with
their family." The Leiningers had immigrated to the British
Colonies in search of religious freedom.
During the French and Indian War, the French paid the Alleghenies
and others to attack British settlements. The British
saw nothing wrong with kidnapping people from Africa.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has helped to market
studio films, hypocritically claims that the action was justified by
an email song composer Bruce Broughton sent to those who help to
nominate songs. However, she apparently sees nothing wrong
with allowing major studios to run expensive campaigns for the
notes that "major studios and many independents send out DVD
screeners of their films which list all of the eligible contestants
on the jacket – including the songwriters – and follow up with
invitations to screenings, meet-‘n-greets, sometimes including a
fully produced, non-film version CD of the song, something that is
disallowed by Academy rules. When major studios “campaign,” there’s
no way a small independent can adequately compete. And there’s
nothing anonymous about any of it."
Conservative groups are blaming the withdrawal of the Oscar
nomination for best song from "Alone Yet Not Alone" on
anti-Christian prejudice. Although the
studios could have benefited from religious prejudice among
those in charge of the Oscars, the studio executives are more
likely motivated by pure greed. They want the awards
closed to outside competitors who cannot afford to make big budget
movies. The action is evidence that the Oscars are just a
public relations gimmick.
The studios may have been worried that a "Cinderella" candidate might
have an advantage over their big budget songs. By giving into the
studios the Academy missed a major opportunity to indicate that the
Oscars are not just based on money. Having a true Cinderella candidate
would have generated a lot of positive publicity for the Academy and
helped draw more viewers for the Oscar program.
The Oscars exist to provide an advertising benefit to the studios
that make big budget films. Allowing small film companies to compete
for the awards cut reduce revenue for the major studios.
Taking away the nomination from "Alone Yet Not Alone" was not
intended to maintain a level playing field but instead to insure
that the playing field remained tilted in favor of the wealthy
The huge amount of money the studios spend selling their films and
performers means that the Oscar winners may only be the
beneficiaries of advertising campaigns rather than the best at