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VIDEO: Common and John Legend dedicate Oscar speech to equality

The musicians won their Academy Award for Best Original Song at this year's ceremony
Posted: 23/02/2015 12:23 PM
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THOUGH SELMA didn’t win Best Picture – and though its key players were "snubbed" for their respective categories – Common and John Legend still found a way to achieve Oscar acclaim for the film.

The duo took home the golden statue for Best Original Song for their track Glory after performing it in front of the crowd at the 87th Academy Awards last night (Feb 22).

During their acceptance speech, they put Selma‘s lone Oscar win to good use.

In his acceptance speech, Common linked the civil rights movement to similar movements in France and Hong Kong.

“The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South Side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life, to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to those in Hong Kong, protesting for democracy,” he said.

“This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings.”

Selma, which stars British actor David Oyelowo, follows the story of Dr Martin Luther King’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for black Americans.

John Legend went more political in his speech. “We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now.

"We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world."

He continued: "There are more black men under correctional control today then were under slavery in 1850.

“We are with you, we see you, we love you and march on,” he concluded.

On Instagram, Selma's co-producer, Oprah Winfrey, posted a collage of images of Common and John Legend performing and holding their Oscar awards.

She captioned the photo: "Favourite moment of the night! Ahhh #Glory!"