Did Anti-Christian Bias Cause a Song’s Oscar Nomination to Be Rescinded?

February 2, 2014

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is very political. It also might be very anti-Christian. At least one Academy Award winning producer, Gerald Molen, thinks a recent entry had its nomination rescinded because of politics and anti-Christian venom permeating the Academy.

Gerald Molen

Gerald Molen, Oscar-winning Producer of Schindler’s List, blasts the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for anti-Christian bias

Joni Eareckson Tada, a 64-year-old woman who has been without the use of her arms and legs for 47 years, runs a charity that provides wheelchairs to needy children. She also authors Christian books and broadcasts Christian radio. She also sings a beautiful song of the same name for the film Alone Yet Not Alone though she is not a professionally trained singer. She is an Evangelical Christian heroine.

After being nominated for Best-Original Song by the Academy, the nomination was rescinded two weeks later.

The Academy claimed that they rescinded the nomination because the  songwriter Dennis Spiegel and a former Academy Governor Bruce Broughton improperly lobbied the film, but this was after several songwriters associated with other films expressed dissatisfaction and a PR firm associated with a song not nominated insisted the film was improperly promoted.

This is an excerpt from the email that they said was improper:

Bruce Broughton, a songwriter and former Governor of the Academy, sent an email to the Academy which read in part: “I’m dropping you a line to boldly direct your attention to entry #57,” a reference to the track number on a CD containing songs up for nomination consideration. “I’m sending this note only because it is extremely unlikely that this small, independent, faith-based film will be seen by any music branch member; it’s the only way I can think of to have anyone be aware of the song.”

Schindler’s List producer, Gerald Molen sent a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences blasting them for anti-Christian bias and mocked the claim that it was improperly lobbied.

“Every film, director, writer, cinematographer, actor, art director, costume designer and efx house finds a way to pitch or promote their work. Many will see this decision as faith-based bigotry pure and simple,” Molen says in the letter to Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy.


“My goodness,” wrote Molen, “if we were truly to operate by this new standard the committee has cited, your office would be filled with returned Oscars from past winners and nominees who have lobbied their friends and colleagues. This seems to me to have been a normal practice for a long, long time, and yet the Academy has suddenly discovered lobbying in the case of this one song?”

Listen to this beautiful song and ask why couldn’t it get a shot at an Oscar:

Full story at Hollywood Reporter

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17 Responses to Did Anti-Christian Bias Cause a Song’s Oscar Nomination to Be Rescinded?

  1. Susie
    February 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Beautiful woman, beautiful song. Hateful action to suppress them. Nothing new,but it is always shocking to me.

    • Sara Noble
      Sara Noble
      February 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      It is unbelievable isn’t it? A lovely, kind person with an angel’s voice should be extolled. I’m not an Evangelical but she makes me proud. It makes one feel we are in the hands of the devil. These critics and hate mongers are the same people who demean people like Sarah Palin for having her handicapped child or who put lowlifes like Wendy Davis on a pedestal or who attack Tebow for Tebowing. They’re sick.

      This could simply be a case of the competitors not wanting to lose or of jealousy. In any case, you’d have to be pretty heartless to rescind this nomination.

  2. gatman7
    February 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Beautiful song, beautifully sung.

    The barbarians are at the gate.

  3. Peter Buch
    February 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

    As much as you may like feeling persecuted, no, the song was not removed from consideration because of an anti-Christian bias. It was removed because the composer used inside knowledge of the identities of the voters to campaign for his song, which broke the Academy’s longstanding rules.

    • Sara Noble
      Sara Noble
      February 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      You should’t assume that any of us like feeling persecuted. It would be nice to think the Academy is fair and not political. Using inside knowledge to send an email or make a call is commonplace. Why did this lady get singled out? There was the private eye hired by the person not selected and all those people who probably didn’t want a heart-tugger for competition.

      I don’t know if it was because she was a Christian, but I do believe it was unfair and being Christian didn’t help.

  4. Scott Mcg
    February 8, 2014 at 8:53 am

    No would be the correct answer to the question asked. It was because the composer broke the rules of the Oscars, nothing else.

    • Sara Noble
      February 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      This type of campaigning is done all the time. Only this composer was held to account.

  5. John Michael Bond
    February 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

    It’s good to know the readers of the Independent Sentinel have so much inside working knowledge of the Academy lobbying process. This was great promotion for a movie no one would have seen with out this false outrage. Sadly breaking the rules isn’t Christ like. Lying about persecution isn’t Christ like. Sadly the modern church is more interested in feeling sorry for themselves than emulating Christ.

    • Sara Noble
      Sara Noble
      February 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Actually, we do have info.

      • John Michael Bond
        February 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        No, you have someone breaking the rules and you making up lies to explain it away. He used his influence with voters in an unfair way to promote a movie that isn’t even going to be released until June. This is cynical and unChrist like. There are actual people hurting in the world, but pretending you’re an attacked minority is way easier than actually living out the lessons of Christ. You’re embarrassments to the word of Christ.

        • Sara Noble
          Sara Noble
          February 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

          Very presumptuous to think I’m Christian and you are very judgmental. You are also wrong! :)

          • John Michael Bond
            February 10, 2014 at 7:18 pm

            I was speaking to everyone. You’ll notice my usage of plurals. The Christians in this situation are not acting Christ like. The people in this thread are not acting Christ like.

            • Sara Noble
              Sara Noble
              February 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm

              Who made you the judge? Hollywood is clueless on Christ-like. Let’s not even go there.

            • Sua Sponte
              Sua Sponte
              February 10, 2014 at 8:18 pm

              Way to launch right out of the gate and nose-dive…Since you seem to be the leading authority on what is “Christ like”, maybe you can fill in the rest of us Neanderthals…I especially enjoy the part where you label us “embarrassments’ to the word of Christ”….How novel…Anywho, sometimes when adults are talking it’s best to present two sides in a discussion and if you have one that counters, then present that in a manner that is both logical and not condescending…Also noticed this is first time you’ve posted…Well done..Well done…You may now resume your normal judgmental tendencies….

              • Sara Noble
                Sara Noble
                February 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm

                Thank you for your comments Sua!

                I love how the anti-Christian libs try to transfer their own hypocrisy onto their victims as part of the defense. :)

                • Sua Sponte
                  Sua Sponte
                  February 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

                  Most welcome. I know you get quite a few drive-by types, this just seems like an odd thread to have them. You could tell from his first post (playing both sides of a warped explanation)…It’s hilarious at best to believe that Hollywood has some sort of soft spot for Christianity and that some in this thread would like people to believe that. I guess trolling pays fairly well..

                  • Sara Noble
                    Sara Noble
                    February 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

                    I wonder if trolls think they are going to convince anyone or they are simply here to annoy. It’s perplexing. They make no sense really.

                    They persecute Christians and then rail against them for feeling persecuted.

                    Hollywood – ugh. A den of iniquity. I liked them a lot better when I didn’t know what they did in their off-time.

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