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Why Academy Governors Changed Music Campaign Rules

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 26, 2014 at 1:40PM

At Tuesday's meeting of the Motion Picture Academy board of governors, they changed campaign rules for the music branch. They are reacting to this year's revocation of music branch member Bruce Broughton's original song Oscar nomination. He had e-mailed some 70 music branch members calling their attention to his song, entry #57, which he wanted them to check out.
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Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs

At Tuesday's meeting of the Motion Picture Academy board of governors, they changed campaign rules for the music branch. They acted in response to this year's controversial revocation of music branch member Bruce Broughton's original song Oscar nomination. He had e-mailed some 70 music branch members calling their attention to his song, entry #57, which he wanted them to check out. When "Alone Yet Not Alone" from a unknown indie faith-based film was among the initial five song nominees, it stood out like a sore thumb. 

Now the rules are crystal clear: "Music Branch members may not contact other Music Branch members to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, including via mail, email, telephone or social media account." Music branch members are also forbidden to attend any special live performances of eligible songs-- unless they are attached to a screening.


This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Academy Awards, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.