The award was presented by the Purple One himself, Prince, who happens to be the last black musician to win in the category since “The Song of the Heart” from Happy Feet won in 2007.
“The first day I stepped on the set of Selma I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” Common said in his showstopping acceptance speech. “As I got to know the people of the civil rights movement I realized that 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.”
He continued with praise for Selma‘s director Ava DuVernay: “And I thank you, Ava. Ava you are a superhero. You used a art to elevate us all and bring us together.”
Selma also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture (David Oyelowo), Best Director, and Best Motion Picture – Drama.
Predicted as a strong contender for the Oscars, the film is now in theaters nationwide.