Composer Bruce Broughton has been outspoken in his disappointment over the Academy board of governors disqualifying his Oscar nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone.” Yet he says that fans are having the last say.
“Once they rescinded the nomination, everyone asked about it, and as a result, the song is doing very well,” said Broughton. “You couldn’t buy that publicity.”
The Academy made its decision after Broughton, a former governor and current music branch executive committee member, emailed members of the branch to seek out the song, as it was featured in a very under-the-radar indie faith-based film.
Broughton noted that subsequent sales of the song on iTunes and Amazon.com have pushed it to hit number 19 on the Billboard Christian music chart this week. He spoke while in attendance at the 22nd annual Movieguide Faith and Values Awards, honoring redemptive and uplifting storytelling in film and TV, held Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton in Studio City.
Both Broughton and the song’s lyricist Dennis Spiegel were rallying around “Alone Yet Not Alone” winning stage time at the event. Joni Eareckson Tada, who performed the song for the film by the same name, sang it for the Movieguide audience.
“We are happy to be here,” said Broughton, adding, “We are feeling alone, yet not alone.”
Spiegel agreed that the song’s fans are helping him move beyond the Academy’s decision.
“I think that what happened with the Academy was unfortunate, but I’ve been reading people’s comments [after hearing the song]. And they are saying that this will endure through time,” said Speigel. “It’s nice to take away a gold statuette, but a legacy is something that you can really take with you.”
A spokeswoman for Reelz said that the decision to slot the event into its schedule came prior to the yanking of “Alone Yet Not Alone’s” Oscar nomination.
“This is the first time Reelz has televised the Movieguide Awards, and we’re thrilled to be a home for them and look forward to doing more,” she said. “Reelz’s commitment was in place before the ‘Alone’ song controversy. That said, Reelz viewers will have the opportunity to see and hear that beautiful song performed on the Movieguide Awards special.”
The event will feature alternative programming to the Academy Awards as many of Movieguide’s honors went to lesser-known faith-based projects, such as Lionsgate’s “Grace Unplugged.”
“We’d love to have the Oscars on our network, too,” added the spokeswoman. “But they are spoken for and we’re proud to shine a light on the great movies and TV shows that tell some incredible faith-based stories.”
The event also featured performances by Billy Ray Cyrus, Richie Sambora, AJ Michalka and Jacob Latimore.
A lifetime achievement award went to “Jesus” producer John Heyman (father of “Gravity” producer David Heyman).