Selma may have gotten shut out at the 87th Academy Awards for major nominations, but the film scored a huge win at the night’s telecast. John Legend and Common won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
The duo took home the coveted award right after they performed the song which brought tears to some Hollywood stars such as David Oyelowo who portrayed the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr in the film and Chris Pine. Taking the stage after receiving a standing ovation, Common told the crowd and viewers at watching the ceremony:
Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform “Glory” on the same bridge that Dr. King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope. Welded with compassion. And elevated by love for all human beings.
Props to Common & John Legend on their Oscar Win!!