The president of the Academy says it's not about censorship:
"It's not about a punishment," Isaacs told The Times, "but protecting the integrity of our voting process." Broughton became the first person to have his Oscar nomination revoked on ethical grounds after he emailed about 70 members of the academy's 240-member music branch, calling attention to "Alone Yet Not Alone," a song that was co-written by lyricist Dennis Spiegel and sung in the movie of the same name by Agoura Hills pastor Joni Eareckson Tada.So, the film in question just wasn't well-known enough to get consideration? Fair enough, I suppose, although Hollywood has noticed small, independent films in the past, and there are two religious epics coming out this year, about Noah and Jesus himself, respectively. I guess size does matter in Hollywood...
"I'm dropping you a line to boldly direct your attention to entry #57," Broughton wrote in his email, alluding to the track's number on a DVD of contending music. "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."