The 2015 Golden Globes Awards ceremony was filled with special moments. Television and films biggest and brightest stars gathered to celebrate and honor the most compelling works of the year. Though "Selma" did not win in several of the categories it was nominated in, the film's original song "Glory" took home the award for Best Original Song, creating a moment that touched millions of viewers across the world.
As Prince read the names of Common and John Legend, smoothly pronouncing, "But of course, 'Glory' by Common and John Legend," the audience erupted into loud cheers. Oprah could be heard over everyone, screaming "Yasssss!" as the two approached the podium. Common started his thank you's with God and the Foreign Press, then his speech took a turn for the necessary as he recalled the importance of the film in regards to what is happening in America, today. Common said:
"I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie. As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement I realized I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. Selma has awakened my humanity and I thank you, Ava, you are a superhero. You used to art to elevate us all and bring us together."
"Selma," Ava Duvernay's powerful adaptation of the civil rights march led by Dr. Martin Luther King that changed the rights of voters in the south, has opened the hearts of the many who saw it over the weekend. With the help of Oprah Winfrey and more, Duvernay was able to bring a light to the human side of Dr. King and his constituents who had the courage to change the world. The film, with the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and more, could not have come at a better time. John Legend and Common were clearly honored to be a part of it.
Even Jay Z, who hadn't tweeted since September 2014, congratulated his colleagues on the award on Twitter.
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) January 12, 2015
Watch the full speech, which left Oprah, director Ava Duvernay and Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen, in tears.