John Legend and Common were big winners at the Golden Globes Sunday winning for Best Original Song for Glory from the movie Selma.
The two thanked the director and producers including Oprah and then Common went into a powerful speech on how Selma is now. Read the transcript and check out the full video including Prince presenting them with the award below.
COMMON: I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press.
The first day I stepped on the set of “Selma,” I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie. As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement, I realize 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. Ava, you are a superhero. You used the art to elevate us all and bring us together. I want to thank CAA. I want to thank Paramount for having the heart to make this movie. And Plan B, Jeremy, you know we love hip‑hop, and we brought music and art and soul here. Thank you, Plan B. Oprah, for what you do for the people from the past and creating for the future. We look to the future, and we want to create a better world. Now is our time to change the world. “Selma” is now.
JOHN LEGEND: I want to thank this man. He called me up, and he said, “John, I want you to help me write a song for this film.” And I’m so honored ‑‑ I was brought on at the last minute but I’m so honored to be a part to of this amazing film that honors such amazing people that did great work and is so connected to what’s happening right now. We still are in solidarity with those who are out there fighting for justice right now, and we’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully, as an inspiration to them. Thank you very much.
COMMON: Thank you.