JOHN LEGEND & COMMON 2015 OSCARS

After seeing this performance of “Glory” from the movie Selma by John Legend & Common at the 2015 Oscars, I simply felt numb.  Their performance was the highlight of the night and brought many audience members to tears.  And then… the acceptance speeches afterwards for Best Song were poignant.  Their words help to put a punctuation mark  on BLACK HISTORY MONTH and the continued struggle…

Common’s speech:

“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 those in Hong Kong, protesting for democracy,” he said. “This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings.”

John Legend added the following:

“We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now,” he said. “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 then were under slavery in 1850.” He concluded with: “We are with you, we see you, we love you and march on.”

If I were there, you would have probably seen my tears rolling as well.

 

 

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ELLEN SHUT TWITTER DOWN

I got this story from eurweb.com
ELLEN
*A photo of President Obama hugging his wife Michelle Obama is no longer the most retweeted pic in Tw’istory…thanks to Ellen DeGeneres.
During last night’s Academy Awards telecast, the host got Meryl Streep, then Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o (and her ecstatic brother) to take a selfie in the aisle in an attempt to break Twitter’s retweet record.
Before Cooper pressed the button, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey had jumped in it.
POTUS AND FLOTUS
Before the telecast ended at midnight (30 minutes over), the photo had been retweeted more than 2 million times, breaking the record set by POTUS and FLOTUS embracing after his re-election in 2012.
Twitter also sent out an apology because all of the retweeting shut down the service for more than 20 minutes after 10 p.m. ET.

COMPLETE LIST OF OSCAR WINNERS /NOMINEES

And the Oscar went to ….
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Best Picture:
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave” WINNER
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” WINNER
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” WINNER
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Best Director:
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” WINNER
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best Actor:
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club” WINNER
Best Actress:
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” WINNER
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Best Original Screenplay:
“American Hustle”
“Blue Jasmine”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Her” WINNER
“Nebraska”
Best Adapted Screenplay:
“Before Midnight”
“Captain Phillips”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave” WINNER
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”
Best Animated Feature:
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“Frozen” WINNER
“The Wind Rises”
Best Foreign Feature:
“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium
“The Great Beauty,” Italy WINNER
“The Hunt,” Denmark
“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia
“Omar,” Palestine
Best Visual Effects:
“Gravity” WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation”
“Iron Man 3”
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Best Cinematography:
“The Grandmaster”
“Gravity” WINNER
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“Prisoners”
Best Costume Design:
“American Hustle”
“The Grandmaster”
“The Great Gatsby” WINNER
“The Invisible Woman”
“12 Years a Slave”
Best Documentary Feature:
“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”
“The Square”
“20 Feet from Stardom” WINNER
Best Documentary Short:
“CaveDigger”
“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” WINNER
“Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”
Best Film Editing:
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity” WINNER
“12 Years a Slave”
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Dallas Buyers Club” WINNER
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”
Best Music (Original Score):
“The Book Thief”
“Gravity” WINNER
“Her”
“Philomena”
“Saving Mr. Banks”
Best Music (Original Song):
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
“Happy” from “Despicable Me”
“Let It Go” from “Frozen” WINNER
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Best Production Design:
“American Hustle”
“Gravity”
“The Great Gatsby” WINNER
“Her”
“12 Years a Slave”
Best Short Film, Animated:
“Feral”
“Get a Horse!”
“Mr. Hublot” WINNER
“Possessions”
“Room on the Broom”
Best Short Film, Live Action:
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre” (Just Before Losing Everything)
“Helium” WINNER
” Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?” (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
“The Voorman Problem”
Best Sound Editing:
“All Is Lost”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity” WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“The Lone Survivor”
Best Sound Mixing:
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity” WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Lone Survivor”