John Legend and Common’s performance of ‘Glory’ at last night’s Oscars received a standing ovation just moments before the pair picked up an award for that very song.
The emotional performance brought the audience to tears including Oprah, David Oyelowo and actor Chris Pine.
The song is taken from recent film, Selma, which chronicles Martin Luther King’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in order to secure equal voting rights.
During their acceptance speech, Legend went on to say that there are more black men imprisoned in the US today than there were enslaved in 1850. A sobering fact after a poignant performance.
To the dismay of many, Selma didn’t bag Best Picture at last night’s awards. But the performance by Legend and Common, followed by their speech, left a lasting mark on all that were in attendance.
Chris Pine is in tears. The audience is in tears. Everyone is in tears. Glory. pic.twitter.com/sB3oZKT1AHAdvertisement
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) February 23, 2015