Just a few months after the Oscar music campaign became a fiercely competitive battle that included a disqualification, private concerts and considerable glad-handing, the Academy has silenced the campaigning.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch members may not attend anyspecial live performances of eligible songs unless attached to a screening, according to new regulations approved by the board of governors. And Music Branch members may not contact other Music Branch members to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, including via mail, email, telephone or social media.
Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel’s title song from the little-seen "Alone Yet Not Alone" received an Academy Award nomination, but was then disqualified after it was discovered that Broughton, a former governor and current music branch executive committee member, had emailed some members of the branch to make them aware of his song.
When it was down to four nominations, nominees performed in several settings in front of potential voters. Disney staged a concert at a club showcasing themusic from “Frozen” with stars Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gadd performing; Karen O performed “The Moon Song” from “Her” at the Hollywood Reporter’s nominees party. Scores of the nominated films were performed at UCLA’s Royce Hall four days before the awards after the ballots had been turned in.