If acting doesn’t work out, Common can always moonlight as a celebrity speechwriter. In accepting his Golden Globe alongside John Legend for Best Original Song for “Glory,” from “Selma,” the rapper poignantly brought attention to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.
“The first day I stepped on the set of ‘Selma,’ I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” he said. “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 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.”
Common wrapped up his emotional speech by thanking “Selma” director Ava DuVernay. “You are a superhero,” he said. “You used the art to elevate us all and bring us together.”
Legend got a few spare seconds to thank the rapper for bringing him on the project “at the last minute.”
“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 to be apart of this amazing film,’ Legend said, while his wife Chrissy Teigen teared up. (And yes, it’s already a meme.)
“Glory” was up against “Big Eyes,” from “Big Eyes,” by Lana Del Ray, “Mercy Is,” from “Noah,” by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye, “Opportunity,” from “Annie,” by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler and Will Gluck, and “Yellow Flicker Beat,” from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” by Lorde.