"Selma" song shines at Golden Globes

“Selma” was up for four Golden Globes awards Sunday night and while it claimed only one, for best original song (“Glory”), director Ava DuVernay declared victory even before the ceremony began.

“We’ve already won,” she tweeted ahead of time. “We made a film we believe in, and now it’s out in theaters and moving in the world!”

She was up for best director/motion picture (Richard Linklater won, for “Boyhood”), David Oyelowo was up for best actor/drama for his portrayal of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Eddie Redmayne won, for “The Theory of Everything”) and the movie was up for best picture/drama (“Boyhood” won).

Still, rapper-actor Common, who with John Legend accepted the best-song trophy, had one of the most inspirational acceptance speeches of the night.


"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," said Common, who portrays James Bevel in the film. "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."

Common and John Legend accept the Golden Globe for best original song.

"I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but instead was given a bullet," Common continued. "I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awakened my humanity. We look to the future and we want to create a better world. Now is our time to change the world. ‘Selma’ is now."

Oprah Winfrey, a "Selma" producer and cast member, became emotional during Common's and Legend's remarks.

Added Legend: "I was brought on at the last minute but I’m so honored to be part 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. We’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully as an inspiration to them."

Director Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo work on a scene for "Selma."

Although it was bested in other categories the movie has garnered acclaim and Oscar buzz, but there are lots of worthy contenders. What's your prediction?

For now here is some previous coverage of "Selma."

My interview with DuVernay, Oyelowo and other cast members along with U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who is portrayed in the film.

My interview with former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, who also is portrayed in the film

My interview with Trinity Simone, 12, of Kennesaw, who plays one of the four girls killed in a Birmingham church bombing, portrayed in the movie

Rev. Bernice King says "Selma" is an incredible movie but doesn't get everything 100% right

Oprah Winfrey, who served as a producer and cast member for "Selma," discusses the movie with Ellen DeGeneres

Oyelowo discusses connection from Selma to Ferguson

Actor discusses controversial role as LBJ in "Selma" 

Paramount announces the movie will screen for free in Selma

Selma earns four Golden Globes nominations

And here is the full list of Globe winners:

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series: “Fargo”

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Gina Rodriguez, “Jane The Virgin”

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy: “Transparent”

Best Original Score: Jóhann Jóhannsson, “The Theory Of Everything”

Best Original Song, “Glory,” Selma

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”

Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”

Best Animated Feature Film, “How To Train Your Dragon 2”

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Leviathan”

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”

Best TV Series, Drama: “The Affair”

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Best Director - Motion Picture: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Motion Picture, Drama: “Boyhood”

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Jennifer Brett
Jennifer Brett
Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach. She writes The Buzz blog for accessAtlanta.com.