“Glory” Receives Standing Ovation During 2015 Oscars
Fans can always expect to laugh and to cry during the Oscar nominated films; however this year it was be the Best Original Song category that stirred up the emotions.
It wasn’t easy to stand out at the 2015 Oscar’s. This event featured technicolor cowboys, storm troopers, and Neil Patrick Harris in his underwear. But Common and John Legend’s incredibly moving and heartbreaking performance of “Glory” from the movie Selma did just that.
The song itself is a soaring rare marvel, floating on John Legends’ vocals. But there’s also a strong, brutal, brilliance to it which was emphasized by Common’s rapping.
The touching performance received a tearful standing ovation from audience members including producer Oprah Winfrey, director Ava DuVernay, star David Oyelowo and Chris Pine.
There was an added level of emotion in this performance. Selma, the movie in which “Glory” appears, was left out of the Best Director and Best Actor categories which were a reminder that the Oscars still continuously struggle with diversity. “Glory” did end up winning the Oscar for best original song.
During the musicians’ acceptance speech, Legend compared the number of black men incarcerated in the United States with the number of that men that where enslaved in the mid-1800s.
“There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850,” Legend said in his acceptance speech. “March on, and God bless.”
Selma’s lack of awards has prompted some people to speak out, such as Al Sharpton who accused Hollywood of being noninclusive (94 percent of Academy voters are white). He’s not the only one speaking out. There was a widespread outcry about that fact that all of the actors nominated for an Oscar this year were white.