Did Anti-Christian Bias Cause a Song’s Oscar Nomination to Be Rescinded?

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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 At least one Academy Award winning producer, Gerald Molen, thinks a recent entry had its nomination rescinded because of politics and anti-Christian venom permeating the Academy.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After being nominated for Best-Original Song by the Academy, the nomination was rescinded two weeks later.

The Academy claimed that they rescinded the nomination because the  songwriter Dennis Spiegel and a former Academy Governor Bruce Broughton improperly lobbied the film, but this was after several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.

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“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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