John Legend & Common Win Best Original Song for ‘Glory’ at 2015 Golden Globe Awards [VIDEO]
'Selma' is one of the most critically acclaimed films in recent years, but it didn't have a great night Sunday (Jan. 11) at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. The film lost in a majority of the categories it was nominated for. All but one, that is: John Legend and Common's 'Glory' won for Best Original Song.
'Glory' is an inspirational number that captures the running passions in 'Selma,' which focuses on Martin Luther King Jr. and a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement. Legend also performed 'Roll, Jordan, Roll' for the soundtrack to '12 Years A Slave' -- another critically acclaimed film (it won the Oscar for Best Picture) that captured a piece of a painful past.
The award itself wasn't the only news. Prince surprised the celebrities in attendance and viewers at home to present the award. The shock and awe of the Purple One's presence subsided as Common -- who also stars in 'Selma' -- gave his acceptance speech partially in the form of a spoken word poem.
"As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement I realized I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote," Common said. "I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. 'Selma' has awakened my humanity."
The award was big enough of a deal to warrant a surprise tweet from Jay Z, who hasn't been active on Twitter since last September.
'Selma' had its nationwide theatrical release last Friday after its limited release on Christmas.
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