At the 87th Academy Awards, John Legend and Common won the Best Song award for ‘Glory’ for the film Selma. There has been much ado about something since the critically-acclaimed film Selma was left out of the Best Director and Best Actor categories, despite being nominated for the Best Picture award.
You could hear a pin drop when the dynamic duo offered their acceptance speech, which included remarks about mass incarceration and the struggle for justice now. John Legend stated, “We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today.”
Watch video of the acceptance speech below:
Common and John Legend also performed the soon to be classic song at the awards ceremony. Watch the performance below:
Selma lead actors David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo wept as the two performed the song. “Glory” also won the Best Song award at the 2015 Golden Globes.
This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. editor-in-chief of the award-winning news site the Burton Wire. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.