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Ex-Oscar nominated song to be performed at Christian film awards ceremony

Thursday - 1/30/2014, 8:10pm  ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The song whose Oscar nomination was withdrawn Wednesday will be performed Feb. 7 at the Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala.

The Christian Film & Television Commission says the song "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the film of the same name will be performed by Christian disability activist Joni Eareckson Tada (JAH'-nee EH'-rik-sun TAH'-dah), a quadriplegic who recorded the song with her husband pushing on her diaphragm to help her hit the high notes.

The motion picture academy said it rescinded the Academy Awards original song nomination after it discovered that composer Bruce Broughton (BROH'-tun) emailed members of the group's music branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.

Broughton serves as a member of the music branch's executive committee and is a former governor for the academy. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said using a position within the organization to personally promote one's own Oscar submission created the appearance of an unfair advantage.

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286-a-14-(Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, in AP interview)-"the least egregious"-Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, says "Alone Yet Not Alone" composer Bruce Broughton didn't do anything unusual. ((Broughton is pronounced BROH'-tun)) (30 Jan 2014)

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284-a-11-(Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, in AP interview)-"to many people"-Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, says Joni Eareckson Tada will perform "Alone Yet Not Alone" at the Feb. 7 Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala. ((Joni Eareckson Tada is pronounced AH'-nee EH'-rik-sun TAH'-dah)) (30 Jan 2014)

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285-a-09-(Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, in AP interview)-"beautiful lyrical song"-Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, says the Oscar nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" should not have been rescinded because composer Bruce Broughton promoted its consideration. ((Broughton is pronounced BROH'-tun)) Updated: 01/30/2014-06:36:09 PM ET (30 Jan 2014)

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166-c-11-(Michael Weinfeld, AP entertainment editor)-"for best song"-AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld reports the nomination for the song "Alone Yet Not Alone" is no longer eligible for an Oscar. (30 Jan 2014)

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165-w-37-(Michael Weinfeld, AP entertainment editor, with music)--There are now only four Oscar nominees for best song. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that the title song from the movie "Alone Yet Not Alone" is no longer eligible to win. ((opens with music)) (30 Jan 2014)

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167-c-12-(Michael Weinfeld, AP entertainment editor)-"an unfair advantage"-AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that the song lost its nomination because the guy who wrote the music has ties to the movie academy. (30 Jan 2014)

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168-c-09-(Michael Weinfeld, AP entertainment editor)-"in another movie"-AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that this sort of thing has happened before. (30 Jan 2014)

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169-r-46-(Sound of Joni Eareckson Tada (JAH'-nee EH'-rik-sun TAH'-dah), singing "Alone Yet Not Alone")--Sound of Joni Eareckson Tada singing "Alone Yet Not Alone." (30 Jan 2014)

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