John Legend and Common’s performance of Oscar-winner Glory moves audience to tears

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John Legend and Common (Credit: capitalxtra.com)

CALIFORNIA, United States, Thursday February 26, 2015 – Following weeks of controversy over the dearth of Oscar nominated black films, John Legend and Common’s “Glory,” from the civil rights film Selma, bagged the best original song title at the awards ceremony on Sunday night.

Shortly before accepting the Oscar statuette from John Travolta and Idina Menzel, the 36-year-old singer and 42-year-old rapper delivered a moving performance of the winning song that left hardly a dry eye in Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre.

A tearful Oprah Winfrey was seen wiping tears from the face of David Oyelowo, who starred as Dr Martin Luther King in the movie, while Carmen Ejogo and the film’s director Ava DuVernay also reacted emotionally.

Jessica Chastain and Chris Pine were also among those spotted weeping openly, while the star-studded audience gave the performers a standing ovation.

Legend and Common were the focal point of a scene recreated from the best picture nominated film, with the Edmund Pettus Bridge as their backdrop.

Among the audience was veteran actor, singer and social activist Harry Belafonte, who actually marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago.

Legend opened the performance by belting out the beginning of “Glory” on the piano as Common, who also appears in the film, marched forward with microphone in hand.

The waterworks began in earnest when a group of African-American actors emerged walking across the stage, imitating the 600 people who trekked from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Mississippi almost 50 years ago in 1965 as part of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Legend and Common also gave memorable acceptance speeches in which they addressed the issues of race still lingering in the United States.

“Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now,” Legend said.

“We know that the Voting Rights Act they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and 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.

“We are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on,” he urged.

“This bridge was built on hope,” added Common.

Legend and Common achieved their first Oscar from their first ever Oscar nomination.

Their winning form also saw them take home the Best Original Song awards at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Golden Globe Awards and African-American Film Critics Association.

ACADEMY AWARDS 2015: FULL LIST OF WINNERS

Best Picture

Birdman – WINNER
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Director

Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman – WINNER
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – WINNER
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, Still Alice – WINNER
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – WINNER
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – WINNER
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Cinematography

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki – WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakin

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida – WINNER
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Imitation Game – WINNER
American Sniper
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman – WINNER
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Foxcatcher
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song

“Glory,” Selma – WINNER
“Lost Stars,” Begin Again
“Everything is Awesome,” The LEGO Movie
“Grateful,” Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6 – WINNER
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary—Short

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – WINNER
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Best Film Editing

Whiplash – WINNER
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr Turner

Best Animated Short

Feast – WINNER
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Live Action Short

The Phone Call – WINNER
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper – WINNER
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

Best Sound Mixing

Whiplash – WINNER
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken

Best Visual Effects

Interstellar – WINNER
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Documentary — Feature

Citizenfour – WINNER
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr Turner

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