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Oscars board adjusts music rules

By | Published on Friday 27 June 2014

The Oscars

Bosses at the grand ol Oscars have changed the rules regarding music-type categories in order that campaigning for votes is made fairer, this following a disqualification in the ‘Original Song’ stakes earlier this year.

The decision will mean that members of the Oscar-organising Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences may no longer contact voters to promote a song, nor will they be allowed to attend live performances of an eligible song, unless it’s at a relevant film screening.

It comes in light of the discovery ahead of the 2014 Oscars that ex Academy governor Bruce Broughton had sent a mass email to 70 of the organisation’s 240-man music-voting pool highlighting ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’, the track he’d co-written for a Christian-faith movie of the same name, which made it into the shortlist for Best Original Song.

Having disqualified the track, the Academy said Broughton had compromised “the integrity of the voting process” and “taken advantage of information that few other potential nominees are privy to”.