Bruce Broughton's song Alone Yet Not Alone will not be in contention for an Oscar win, after its nomination was rescinded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The song, which was performed by Evangelical minister Joni Eareckson Tada and features in the film of the same name, had been up for original song but the board of governors decided to disqualify it after the writer, a former Academy governor, emailed some of the other members to highlight his submission.
Bruce admitted he was "devastated" with the decision, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "I indulged in the simplest grassroots campaign and it went against me when the song started getting attention... I simply asked people to find the song and consider it."
The Academy's president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said: "No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one's position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one's own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage."
The Academy later issued a statement, saying: "The board determined that Broughton's actions were inconsistent with the Academy's promotional regulations, which provide, among other terms, that it is the Academy's goal to ensure that the awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner.
"If any campaign activity is determined by the board of governors to work in opposition to that goal, whether or not anticipated by these regulations, the board of governors may take any corrective actions or assess any penalties that in its discretion it deems necessary to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process."
A replacement nominee will not be announced. The remaining four nominees for the best original song Oscar are Pharrell Williams' Happy from Despicable Me 2, Let It Go from Frozen, The Moon Song from Her and U2's Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Alone Yet Not Alone joins a short list of films to have their nominations revoked, including The Godfather, which lost its best original dramatic score nomination when the Academy found out parts of the score had featured in an earlier film.