The emotional performance of the song “Glory” brought the Oscars audience to its feet. Those seated could be seen crying as John Legend and Common sang the powerful song from the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma.”
The win by “Glory” for Best Original Song came 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. marched from Selma to Montgomery in a nonviolent demonstration that helped lead to the Voting Rights Act.
In their acceptance speech, Legend and Common declined the typical Hollywood “thank yous.” Instead, they gave an impassioned speech. Legend said, “We say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now.” He said the Voting Rights Act is being compromised right now, and he encouraged people to “March on.”
Their acceptance speech was greeted with yet another standing ovation.