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Could Common Nab An Oscar Nomination For Selma?

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First it was Eminem and Three6 Mafia, then it was Pharrell, and now it could be Common and John Legend to nab an Oscar nomination for best song.

The pair have already nabbed a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice and an African American Critics Choice nomination for their song “Glory” from the film Selma. Now many are saying they are a shoe-in for an Oscar nom.

“I don’t even know if I can express how excited I am to be nominated for a Golden Globe alongside John Legend for our song ‘Glory,'” Common said in a statement. “We created ‘Glory’ from our hearts and being a part of Selma has been a life changing experience.”

Common also echoed those sentiments when HipHollywood sat down with him to talk about playing civil rights crusader James Bevel in the film.

“Everything about this movie made me want to be apart of it,” explained Common. “It’s Selma, about Dr. King, the people, the people coming together to change the world, and that’s what I am. I was like I gotta be apart of this.”

Directed by Ava Duvernay and starring David Oleyowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the film follows Dr. King in his fight for equal voting rights in Selma.

The film and the song seem to be right on time given the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner that have sparked debate and protest against police brutality around the country. Common told us he believes change must start in our communities, and is dedicated to doing more.

“I left Selma and I was like I want to do more, I want to be more strategic and more smart and do more in the community.”

Selma is in theaters nationwide January 9th.

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