Joni’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” nominated for Oscar

Christian movie theme song’s Oscar nod befuddles Hollywood elite


Posted Jan. 18, 2014, 10:18 a.m.

Mainstream media outlets erupted in confusion and indignation Thursday over a surprise Oscar nomination for Best Song. “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the theme song for an independent Christian film of the same name, edged out a long list of songs by mainstream artists. . .

The Huffington Post reported that while the Oscar announcement offered several surprises. . . it was this Best Song nomination that really had them “scratching their heads.”  Evidently the movie’s release didn’t “merit an entry at, which tracks movies’ ticket-sale revenues, or any reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.”

. . . Other journalists are not just confused but crying foul. They imply the nomination was procured through influence rather than merit. . . According to Christianity Today, the film’s producer, Ken Wales, ascribed a completely different source for the Oscar nomination: “By the grace of God.”

Well-known Christian author, speaker, and quadriplegic Joni Eareckson-Tada performs the song, which combines the characteristics of an old spiritual and a modern hymn. In bright, surprisingly clear and beautiful tones, Eareckson-Tada sings about a struggle she probably knows well: “I will not be bent in fear / He is the refuge I know is near.”

In an email, Eareckson-Tada declined to comment on the controversy surrounding the song’s nomination, focusing instead on the providence of recording it in the first place: “A quadriplegic with limited lung capacity is the least likely candidate to record a song for a movie … but isn’t that just like God to display his glory through utter and complete weakness; for that I’m deeply grateful.”


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2 Responses to Joni’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” nominated for Oscar

  1. tedrey says:

    A lovely song. Where would I see the movie?

  2. Hmm, the whole article is no longer online unless you subscribe, apparently. It said something about the movie having been screened at a few (7?) obscure theaters or locations around the country. So, to answer your question, it’s not out yet.

    On Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM, hiddeninjesus

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