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John Legend, Common win Oscars for Selma song

By Chinenye Ugonna, Onyinye Muomah

February 23, 2015

Singer, John Legend and rapper, Common, won Oscars for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards which took place in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The song, Glory, was on the soundtrack of the Martin Luther King biopic, Selma.

Other winners at the award show were British actor, Eddie Redmayne, who won Best Actor for his role in The Theory of Everything – a biopic on the physicist, Stephen Hawking; Julianne Moore won Best Actress (Still Alice), Patricia Arquette, Best Supporting Actress (Boyhood), and J.K. Simmons, Best Supporting Actor (Whiplash).

Best Picture went to Birdman directed by Alexandro Inarritu, which also won Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay.

This year’s Academy Awards was criticised for its lack of diversity. For the first time in years, no minority actor/actress was nominated in the acting categories.

The award show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Best PictureBirdman – winner American Sniper Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Whiplash

Best DirectorAlexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman – WINNER Richard Linklater, Boyhood Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best ActorEddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – WINNER Steve Carell, Foxcatcher Bradley Cooper, American Sniper Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best ActressJulianne Moore, Still Alice – WINNER Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting ActorJ.K. Simmons, Whiplash – WINNER Robert Duvall, The Judge Ethan Hawke, Boyhood Edward Norton, Birdman Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting ActressPatricia Arquette, Boyhood – WINNER Laura Dern, Wild Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game Emma Stone, Birdman Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best CinematographyBirdman – Emmanuel Lubezki – WINNER The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman Ida – Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski Mr. Turner – Dick Pope Unbroken – Roger Deakin

Best Foreign Language FilmIda – WINNER Leviathan Tangerines Timbuktu Wild Tales

Best Adapted ScreenplayThe Imitation Game – WINNER American Sniper Inherent Vice The Theory of Everything Whiplash

Best Original ScreenplayBirdman – WINNER Boyhood Foxcatcher The Grand Budapest Hotel Nightcrawler

Best Makeup and HairstylingThe Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER Foxcatcher Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original ScoreThe Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER The Imitation Game Interstellar Mr. Turner The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song‘Glory,’ Selma – WINNER ‘Lost Stars,’ Begin Again ‘Everything is Awesome,’ The LEGO Movie ‘Grateful,’ Beyond the Lights ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me

Best Animated FeatureBig Hero 6 – WINNER The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 Song of the Sea The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary—ShortCrisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – WINNER Joanna Our Curse The Reaper White Earth

Best Film EditingWhiplash – WINNER American Sniper Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game

Best Production DesignThe Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER The Imitation Game Interstellar Into the Woods Mr. Turner

Best Animated ShortFeast – WINNER The Bigger Picture The Dam Keeper Feast Me and My Moulton A Single Life

Best Live Action ShortThe Phone Call – WINNER Aya Boogaloo and Graham Butter Lamp Parvaneh

Best Sound EditingAmerican Sniper – WINNER Birdman The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Interstellar Unbroken

Best Sound MixingWhiplash – WINNER American Sniper Birdman Interstellar Unbroken

Best Visual EffectsInterstellar – WINNER Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Guardians of the Galaxy X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Documentary — FeatureCitizenfour – WINNER Finding Vivien Maier Last Days of Vietnam The Salt of the Earth Virunga

Best Costume DesignThe Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER Inherent Vice Into the Woods Maleficent Mr. Turner