Academy Guilty of Faith-Based Bigotry … ?

Alone Yet Not Alone Still - H 2014

Well, that’s what Gerald Molen, producer of Oscar winner, Schindler’s List, thinks the Academy is guilty of.  Molen wrote a feisty letter to the president of the Academy, accusing them of “faith based bigotry” in the rescinding of the Academy Awards nomination of “Alone, Yet Not Alone” for Best Song, and urged them to reconsider.   It is an interesting read (click below) with ramifications pertinent to Christians in the marketplace.  I don’t expect to be covering this nomination issue too much more, but thought this was valuable for us to consider. – Arthur

“Oscar Winner Pens Letter Accusing Academy of ‘Christian Bigotry”

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6 thoughts on “Academy Guilty of Faith-Based Bigotry … ?

  1. Just to clarify, because I think the past few posts on this have been a bit misleading. The nomination was rescinded NOT because Broughton emailed members asking them to listen.
    Rather, “the “key point” in the academy’s nullification of Broughton’s nomination was its violation of Rule 5.3, requiring that the credits of composer and lyricist be removed from the DVD of eligible songs sent to members of the music branch.” By emailing members, he identified the writers of a song (himself), which is unethical because members are supposed to judge a song without knowing who wrote it.

    As much as I support Joni, Broughton clearly made a mistake and deserves to lose his nomination. There should be no pity party, shock, or whining about “bigotry” here.

    Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-oscars-nomination-revoked-20140201,0,6945174.story#ixzz2sFKLQVf3

    • Hello, that may be true … or maybe not. It sounds like the credits and lyricist were not on the DVD, as the rule states. However, are we to believe that the voters don’t know who wrote what song – which is public knowledge and has been not only played in theaters, but produced and sold already as well? Molen argues this. “My goodness,” writes Molen, “if we were truly to operate by this new standard the committee has cited, your office would be filled with returned Oscars from past winners and nominees who have lobbied their friends and colleagues. This seems to me to have been a normal practice for a long, long time, and yet the Academy has suddenly discovered lobbying in the case of this one song?” But these are the thoughts that are brought and phrased to the public. I’m not really sure if rules were actually violated or not. If so, then so it is and justice is served. If not, but it’s being framed that way, then that is good to know.

      I’ve re-read the previous posts on this and can’t find where they have been misleading. I’m sorry, can you point out where that is? Thanks for commenting!

      • Your quote serves as a case in point! By nature, it is complaining “If everyone else did it, why can’t we? Why were we the only ones caught?”

        “Are we to believe that the voters don’t know who wrote what song – which is public knowledge and has been not only played in theaters, but produced and sold already as well?” Broughton can argue that all he wants, and while it’s logically sound, there’s still no excuse for breaking the rules (or for that matter, pointing out that someone else apparently did the same thing – justice is blind.)

      • Not true. That’s not my point. My point is that if the rules were followed – i.e. that the name of the composer was not on the DVD – but advertisement and publicity are ok, then an email may fall into that category; unless, of course, the rules prohibit direct contact like that. If that’s the case, then I agree. I don’t know the rules, though. But apparently, Molen does, as well as intimate knowledge of the culture and practice surrounding Oscar nominations. It is HIS opinion that you’re really arguing against. Since I’m not in the know, I don’t really have one. I’m just sharing what has been circulating and just want Christians to keep their pulse on the marketplace.

        To your point, hypothetically speaking, if everyone consistently has been explicity “breaking the rules,” if the Academy has been keenly aware of it and never thought enough of it to do anything about it, and if it decided to penalize Broughton’s song alone … then, I’d say it’s at least worth noting and is fair game for discussion and due diligence. In that case, justice wouldn’t be blind; it would be prejudiced.

        Again, I personally know nothing, though. I just thought it worthy of interest that someone of the stature and knowledge of Oscar winner, Molen, would come out and ask the Academy to reconsider on those grounds.

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