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Last week’s disqualification of “Alone Yet Not Alone” from Oscar’s best song category is the latest in a series of scandals and head-scratchers that have plagued the music Oscars for years.

It’s only the second time in four decades that a music nomination has been withdrawn. The last time was in 1972, when composer Nino Rota’s Oscar-nominated score for “The Godfather” was declared ineligible after it was learned that his love theme was written for a 1958 Italian film.

The “Godfather” score was replaced by a new nominee, John Addison’s music for “Sleuth.” Curiously, the winner that year was the score from “Limelight,” Charlie Chaplin’s 1952 movie, which became eligible by getting a belated Los Angeles release in 1972.

Rota wound up winning the Oscar two years later for his “Godfather II” score, despite the fact that a great number of those themes could be found in the earlier score, »


- Jon Burlingame

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