Movieguide has booked Joni Eareckson Tada to sing the controversial song at its annual gathering, which is expected to attract hundreds of film and TV executives.
A Christian organization called Movieguide, known for its in-depth analysis of hundreds of movies and TV shows each year, is hoping to make some hay of Oscar's unusual decision to take back its best-song nomination for Alone Yet Not Alone. Hence, on Thursday, Movieguide said it has hastily booked Joni Eareckson Tada to sing the no-longer-nominated song at its annual event, dubbed the 22nd Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala.
Eareckson Tada is a 64-year-old quadripleglic Christian broadcaster who runs a charity providing wheelchairs to children. She is not a professional singer, yet the Alone Yet Not Alone filmmakers nevertheless hired her to sing the song for the film. The song had been nominated for an Oscar until the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday it has been disqualified because songwriter Bruce Broughton allegedly violated rules by emailing Academy members to make them aware of the song during the nominations voting period.
The Movieguide Awards is set for Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and is expected, as has been the norm for several years now, to be attended by 500 executives from various entertainment companies. Last year, executives from Universal Studios, Warner Bros and Walt Disney attended, and a couple of Disney Channel stars, Debby Ryan and Bella Thorne, presented some awards, along with actors Corbin Bernsen, Jerry Mathers and co-host Joe Montegna.
This year, comedian Bill Engvall is host and some of the movies and TV shows up for awards include Monsters University, Last Man Standing, Shark Tank, Christmas in Conway and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Attendees of Friday's invitation-only gala each receive a copy of Movieguide's Report to the Industry, a lengthy document that explores the political and sociological messages in movies and TV shows from a Christian perspective.