“Glory,” which won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song on Sunday, is among the Oscar nominees in that category. The civil rights-themed song from Selma was co-written by John Legend and Common.
But Selma‘s important subject matter may give it a boost. “Glory,” which contains references Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and the current strife in Ferguson, Mo., would be the fourth topical song to win in the category’s 81-year history. The first three were “The Last Time I Saw Paris” (an expression of support for the city after it was overrun by the Nazis), “Streets of Philadelphia” (Bruce Springsteen’s song about the AIDS crisis) and “I Need to Wake Up” (Melissa Etheridge’s song about climate change).