Though Selma didn’t win Best Picture–and though its key players were denied mere nominations for their respective categories–Common and John Legend still found a way to achieve Oscar acclaim for the film.
The duo took home the golden statue for Best Original Song for “Glory” after performing it in front of the crowd at the 87th Academy Awards. And, at a ceremony lampooned (even by its own host, Neil Patrick Harris) for failing to embrace non-white actors and filmmakers in its nominations, they put Selma‘s lone Oscar win to good use.
“The struggle for justice is right now,” said Legend upon accepting the reward. “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. … When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you.”
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