The Oscars has always been a tear-soaked affair. But this year's Oscars has been particularly wet, especially when John Legend and Common came out to sing "Glory" from Selma. A quick pan of the audience revealed that nearly everyone was standing, clapping, and respectfully, sobbing.

It's been a roller coaster of a year for Selma, the story of Martin Luther King's historic march on Selma. The film was nominated for Best Picture, but didn't make either Best Director and Best Actor categories. The film's lead actor, David Oyelowo, recently came out to criticize the Academy for the snub, arguing that they typically prefer "black actors in subservient roles." Many actors have since come out in support.

So it was especially powerful to see Legend and Common perform "Glory," which won for best song, tonight at the Oscars. It's a powerful duo to begin with, but the context - both inside the film, and outside it, gave the performance an additional emotional boost. Selma told the story of a community fighting for racial and economic justice. As Common and Legend pointed out in their follow-up speech, the struggle remains as big as ever.

"We said that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is now," Common said.

"We live in the most incarcerated country in the world," Legend added.

Following their performance, the artists received a standing ovation. And more tears. They deserved them all.

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