Questions are being raised about whether an Oscar nomination was rescinded because of the film's faith-based message.
The low-budget film "Alone Yet Not Alone" was nominated in the Best Song category, but then the song, also called "Alone Yet Not Alone," was disqualified a few weeks later.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences pointed out that the song's creator, Bruce Broughton, had improperly emailed 70 fellow Academy members to ask them to listen to the song.
"Every film, director, writer, cinematographer, actor, art director, costume designer and EFX house finds a way to pitch or promote their work. Many will see this decision as faith-based bigotry pure and simple," producer Gerald Molen wrote in a letter to the Academy.
In the email, Broughton wrote that 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."
The Academy, however, saw the email as Broughton appearing to "exert undue influence" given his position on the Academy music branch's executive committee.