The organizers of the Academy Awards are putting rules in place for next year to prevent any missteps in the film campaign process, targeting the music categories. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, hosts of the annual Oscar ceremony, said on Wednesday that members of its music branch are not allowed to contact other members via mail, email, telephone or social media to promote the nomination of their song. The new regulations come after an Oscar-nominated contender in the original song category this year was disqualified after the Academy said the songwriter, Bruce Broughton, had violated rules by emailing voters about submitting the song for awards consideration. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement at the time that Broughton's use of his position in the Academy to promote his Oscar submission "creates the appearance of an unfair advantage." Broughton denied any wrongdoing and said he was "devastated" at the disqualification of his song.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Begin Again" sees Irish writer-director John Carney on a larger canvas, revisiting themes from his lo-fi 2006 indie hit "Once" — chief among them the emotional connectivity of music. Swapping Dublin for New York, and trading a single couple for a group of people all trying to mend broken bonds or forge new ones, the touching film again trades in uncynical heart-on-its-sleeve sentiment, and deploys a series of gentle ballads, a number of them performed by star Keira Knightley.