It was a glorious night for Common and John Legend at the Oscars, the won for ‘Best Original Song’ from the movie Selma. It was a big night for them because it was the only award won by the movie the who night, which was also nominated for ‘Best Picture’.
Before accepting their award for Best Original Song they performed the award winning song Glory. he two performed in front of a backdrop of Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, where hundreds walked across in 1965 for the right to vote.
While performing the audience was brought into tears, including actor from “Into the Woods”, Chris Pine and “Selma” star David Oyelowo, who portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film.
During their acceptance speech Legend said”Selma is now,” Legend began. “The struggle for justice is now. The Voting Rights Act that they fought for fifty years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. Right now the struggle for justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people march with our song, we want to tell you: we see you, we are with you, we love you, and march on.”
I felt like we were paying honor to Dr. King and all these people that fought for us and stood up for us. I felt like they were coming through the music,” Common added.