Academy Awards 2015: John Legend & Common Win Best Original Song Oscar, Perform “Glory”

It didn’t take a genius to predict that John Legend and Common‘s moving “Glory,” from the motion picture Selma, would win the Best Original Song award at the 87th annual Academy Awards. After all, the pair emerged victorious from the Golden Globes last month in the same category, which is often a bellwether for these sorts of things.

“This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change,” Common said during his acceptance speech. “The spirit of this bridge transcends age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status. This bridge was built on hope.”

Legend added, “We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now.”

Watch the pair perform “Glory” at the 87th Academy Awards below.

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