Transcript Of John Legend & Common's Oscar Acceptance Speech Proves "Glory" Has A Timeless Message — VIDEO
Though every year boasts impressive nominees, it's not very often that the Best Original Song category at the Oscars is one of the most important of the night. But thanks to all of this year's major snubs, it's become one of the most anticipated categories at the 2015 ceremony. So when "Glory" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, there was definitely a round of applause from not just those in attendance to see John Legend and Common accept the award, but viewers watching at home. Because while the nominees also included "Grateful" from Beyond The Lights, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me, and "Lost Stars" from Begin Again, we all knew there were only two songs that could be in the envelope. Winner "Glory," or "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie.
We also knew how deserving "Glory" was of the award, but the fact that its win came moments after an unforgettable live performance only made it that much more apparent. And just when you thought things couldn't get any more emotional, Legend and Common used their acceptance speech to reflect on the message of the song, and remind us all that while Selma was set in the past, its themes surround us in the present.
Common started off the moving speech:
Then Legend took to the microphone, building off those sentiments:
Between their performance, win, and speech, I think it's safe to say Common and Legend had one of the biggest impacts on the 2015 Academy Awards, and found the best possible use for their spotlight. Watch their speech below.