Track from Selma won Oscar for Best Original Song last night (February 22)
Chris Pine, David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain and Oprah Winfrey were brought to tears by John Legend and Common’s performance of their award-winning song ‘Glory’ at the Oscars ceremony last night.
The performance was given moments before Legend and Common won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the track, which was written for the film Selma.
The musicians were joined onstage by a large group of actors who marched across the stage in a recreation of a scene from the film, which tells the story of Martin Luther King’s campaign to win equal voting rights by marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
In his acceptance speech, Legend linked slavery in 1850 to the number of black men in US prisons today. “Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now,” he said. “We know that the Voting Rights Act they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real.
‘We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today then were under slavery in 1850. We are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on.”
The Oscars also saw a performance from Lady Gaga, who sang a medley of songs from The Sound Of Music, and a performance from Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island, who sang The Lego Movie‘s theme song ‘Everything Is Awesome!!!’