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Oscar-winning producer of Schindler's List, Gerald Molen, blasted the Academy in a letter to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs over the film Alone Yet Not Alone's nomination rescission.
As previously reported, the song "Alone Yet Not Alone" was nominated for Best Original Song, despite almost no one having heard of, or seen the film it was from.
In an almost unheard of action, the Academy then announced that it was rescinding the nomination because of illegal campaigning done by Boughton, who directly emailed voters about the song. The Academy said the song was removed because of his position as a former governor for the Music Branch, as well as the executive committee head.
In the letter, the producer says that if what Boughton did was improper, then plenty of previous Oscar winners likely should never have won, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who obtained a copy of the letter.
Boughton wrote, "Every film, director, writer ... finds a way to pitch or promote their work. Many will see this decision as faith-based bigotry pure and simple."
He also compared the Academy to the wicked stepmother from Cinderella, noting "it seems to me that this has turned a Cinderella story that America loves into a story of the wicked stepmother who wants to keep her daughter from the ball, with we the Academy cast as the villain."