It was me/I who told you


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Hi all, I saw the following example sentence from the Oxford Learner's Grammar Finder by John Eastwood:

It was me who told you, remember?

It includes the following note:

"The subject pronoun is sometimes used after be", but it is "old-fashioned and formal".

Is this good advice?

So according to the author's suggestion, I should say:

It is them who broke the vase.

Instead of:

It is they who broke the vase.

"It is them" on its own sounds fine, but "It is them who" sounds really wrong to me. :(
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