“Glory,” the musical centerpiece written by John Legend and Common about the civil rights movement from “Selma” beat out four other songs for Best Original Song at the Oscars last night.
All of the songs were performed inlcuding “Everything Is Awesome” (“The Lego Movie”), “Grateful” (“Beyond the Lights”), “Lost Stars” (“Begin Again”) and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”).
Common noted that the duo recently performed “Glory” on Selma, Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, the structure that became a civil rights focal point after armed policemen attacked civil rights protestors in 1965. “This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change,” Common said. “The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status.”
In the other music category, composer Alexandre Desplat won his first Oscar after eight nominations, taking home the original score trophy for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Desplat was also nominated this year for his work on The Imitation Game”. The other nominees were “Interstellar,” Hans Zimmer’ “Mr. Turner,” Gary Yershon; and “The Theory of Everything,” Jóhann Jóhannsson.