The original song from “Selma” is now an Oscar winner. After dominating throughout award season, “Glory” won Ava DuVernay’s biographical movie of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. an Academy Award moments after it was performed live by John Legend and Common.
Nominees John Legend (John Stephens) and Common (Lonnie Lynn) appeared alone on the stage with a miniature version of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the historic Selma March. A background of black and white stills of the film gave way to photos of the march. The two performers were joined by a few chorus members at the back of the stage.
A haunting a Capella chorus filled the stage and more and more singers filed in. The camera cut to the audience and showed an emotional David Oyelowo, Oprah and Chris Pine. The crowd responded in kind and closed the song with a standing ovation. During their acceprance speech, John Legend added, “The struggle for justice is right now. The struggle for freedom is real.”
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