Stars used the Oscar stage not only as a place to accept awards but also to take a stand.
Glory, a call-to-arms anthem by Common and John Legend written for the civil-rights drama Selma, won for best original song at the 87th Academy Awardson Sunday in Hollywood. When accepting the Oscar, Legend said it’s a musical symbol to the continued racial struggles in America. “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.”
Common recalled a time where he and Legend sang Glory on the same Alabama bridge where Martin Luther King Jr. marched 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.”
Boyhood star Patricia Arquette, whose portrayal of a struggling single mom garnered her the trophy for best supporting actress, gave her thanks and then spoke out for gender equality.
“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and every citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Others spoke of family bonds. He might have freaked out a young drummer on screen in Whiplash, but J.K. Simmons didn’t scare off Oscar voters — they awarded him best supporting actor for his acclaimed portrayal of a brutal jazz teacher.
SOURCE: Brian Truitt