Screen Junkies » alone yet not alone http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ Gets Its Oscar Nomination Pulled http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alone-yet-not-alone-gets-its-oscar-nomination-pulled/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alone-yet-not-alone-gets-its-oscar-nomination-pulled/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:59:39 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259012 Does Jay-Z really need another award nomination?

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That Oscar nominee that had everybody like, whoa, hey, what?, is no longer an Oscar nominee. Alone Yet Not Alone, the small faith-based film that ran in theaters for 21 days last fall, turned a lot of heads when its title track received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. The mystery was cleared up when it was revealed that the song’s composer Bruce Broughton emailed members of the Academy asking that they consider the song when making their nominations. The problem here, in the eyes of the Academy, is that Broughton is a former Academy governor and they feel that position “creates the appearance of an unfair advantage.”

Unfair advantage? Then why allow him to submit in the first place? I think the Academy’s issue is that Alone Yet Not Alone elicited votes without having to plaster a roundabout advertisement for the Oscars on billboards or in trade magazines. Nor does it help promote the telecast because by edging out famous musicians like Jay-Z and Lana Del Ray, there’s no commitment by those celebrities to attend or perform on the show. It’s all about ratings and good publicity. Which the Academy definitely cost themselves by rescinding this nomination. There is their worse move since hiring Brett Ratner. (EW)

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One Of The Oscar Nominees For Best Song Might Be The Most Obscure Nominee Ever http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/one-of-the-oscar-nominees-for-best-song-might-be-the-most-obscure-nominee-ever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/one-of-the-oscar-nominees-for-best-song-might-be-the-most-obscure-nominee-ever/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:58:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258757 Who? What? WHAT?

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The nominees for Best Song are usually a pretty sorted bunch. There’s always some bland song from an animated film, a couple mainstream acts slumming it on a soundtrack, and then some singer-songwriter doing the indie film thing a la Crazy Heart.

So it’s a pretty random category to begin with, as it tosses a bunch of movie people in the realm of music and asks them to pick. But no choice, NOT EVEN THREE 6 MAFIA, comes from out of nowhere as much as “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the nominated song from the film…

Alone Yet Not Alone.

The song is has lyrics done by Dennis Spiegel, and music by Bruce Boughton. The film had a qualifying one-week run in the fall, but hasn’t been widely released yet, and it’s a Christian, faith-based film.

The guy in charge of the soundtrack for the entire film is the guy who composes the orchestra at the actual awards show, but surely that isn’t enough to beat out Coldplay, is it? I mean, what’s better than listening to “Yellow” in a kimono with soy latte on an October Sunday morning?

Nothing. Nothing is better than that.

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