ARTium/Def JamJohn Legend and Common earned the Golden Globe Award for best original song in a motion picture Sunday night for their soulful ballad “Glory,” from the movie Selma.
In his acceptance speech, Common said he realized Selma was bigger than just a movie the first day he stepped on the set. “As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement,” he explained, “I realize I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. 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.”
The rapper said Selma has “awakened” his humanity. He ended his remarks by saying, “We look to the future, and we want to create a better world. Now is our time to change the world. Selma is now.”
Legend dedicated the award to the people fighting for justice. He told the audience, “We’re in solidarity with those out there fighting for justice right now and we’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully as an inspiration to them.”
Backstage, Common indicated he had an acceptance speech ready because he was confident they had a good chance of winning.
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