Dennis Spiegel is an American lyricist. At the 44th Primetime Emmy Awards Spiegel won the award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (shared with composer Curt Sobel) for the song "Why Do I Lie?" from the HBO movie Cast a Deadly Spell. He is a three time Emmy nominee.[1] His film work includes the Michael Caine movie "Blame it on Rio" for which he wrote the lyrics for the song score.[2]

Academy Award controversy

Spiegel's song "Alone yet Not Alone" from the 2013 film of the same name was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards, but the nomination was rescinded on January 29, 2014, after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences found that the song's co-writer Bruce Broughton, a former governor and current executive committee member of the music branch of the Academy, had improperly contacted other branch members.[3][4][5][6] "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,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.[7] Not everyone agreed with the Academy's actions.[8][9][10]


References

  1. ^ "Dennis Spiegel". Television Academy. Archived from the original on 2015-06-13. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  2. ^ Burlingame, Jon (June 30, 2009). "Lyricist Dennis Spiegel Honored; SCL gathers notable songwriters for musicale". The Film Music Society. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bruce Broughton defends actions after rescinded Academy Award nomination". CBS News. January 30, 2014. Archived from the original on September 18, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Gray, Tim (January 29, 2014). "Oscar Nominee 'Devastated' by Disqualification; Tune Sung by Quadriplegic Singer". Variety. Archived from the original on October 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Ault, Susanne (February 8, 2014). "'Alone Yet Not Alone' Finds New Life at Movieguide Awards". Variety. Archived from the original on November 17, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Breznican, Anthony (January 29, 2014). "Oscars kill Original Song nomination for 'Alone Yet Not Alone'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "Academy Rescinds Original Song Nomination For "Alone Yet Not Alone"". Oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2014-08-21. Archived from the original on 2020-07-08. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  8. ^ Zeitchik, Steven; Whipp, Glenn (January 31, 2014). "Voices rising amid 'Alone Yet Not Alone's' removal from Oscar running". LA Times. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  9. ^ Feinberg, Scott. "Was Academy's Disqualification of Song Contender 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Justified? (Opinion)". Archived from the original on 2015-07-04. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  10. ^ "A Major Oscar Dust-Up Over A Song From A Minor Movie". NPR.org. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2020-08-31.