WATCH: Rapper Common and John Legend's Stunningly Beautiful Oscar Speeches
The emotional peak of an otherwise awfully boring Oscar telecast Sunday night was the rousing performance of the song "Glory" from "Selma" by the rapper Common and John Legend.
There was not a dry eye in the house after they took the stage, and then proceeded to deliver equally moving, stratospherically eloquent acceptance speeches after their hands-down win for "Best Song."
Here's the text, so you can read along as you watch the video. (Or perhaps, you'll be weeping along with Oprah and David Oyelowo.):
First I would like to thank God, that lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform Glory on the same bridge that Dr King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on, 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status. 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 the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings.
Thank you. Nina Simone said it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events 50 years ago, but 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. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on. God bless you.