Oscar Nominations 2015: Common, John Legend Earn Nod for ‘Glory’

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The 87th annual Academy Award nominations for Original Song in a Motion Picture were announced Thursday morning (Jan. 15) in Beverly Hills, California, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Common and John Legend are nominated in the category thanks to their song “Glory,” their contribution to the film Selma.

The duo’s powerful song will compete in a category with other hopefuls that include: Shawn Patterson for The Lego Movie’s “Everything Is Awesome,” performed by the Lonely Island and Tegan & Sara; Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from the country music great’s Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me; Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois’ “Lost Stars,” performed by Adam Levine in the movie Begin Again; and Diane Warren’s “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights.

If the Golden Globes are any indication of the winner in the category, then the award will go to Common and John Legend, who took home the award this past Sunday.

Selma also picked up a nomination for Best Motion Picture.

Surprisingly, the film was only nominated in those two categories. Ava DuVernay was snubbed in the Best Director category. Had she been nominated, she would have been the first African American woman to earn a nod in the category. David Oyelowo, who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film, was also snubbed in the Best actor category.

The Oscars will be presented Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and will broadcast live on ABC.

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