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 BoxOfficeMojo.com, 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.”