Golden Globes' Musical Moments
January 12, 2015 at 1:11 PM (PT)
Last night's GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS ceremony marked the official start of the awards season, celebrating the year's best in movies and TV, but there were some music-related elements to the show broadcast live on NBC.
COMMON and JOHN LEGEND received "Best Original Song -- Motion Picture" honors for their collaboration, "Glory," from the MARTIN LUTHER KING film, "Selma." It was the only GLOBE earned by the film, but COMMON's heartfelt acceptance speech brought tears to producer OPRAH WINFREY's eyes.
Said COMMON: "I realize I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. "Selma" has awakened my humanity, and I thank you, [director] AVA [DuVERNAY]. AVA, you are a superhero. You used the art to elevate us all and bring us together."
In a surprise, PRINCE himself showed up -- respendent in an afro and walking cane --- to present the award, with PATTI SMITH, a nominee for her song with LENNY KAYE, "Mercy Is," for DARREN ARONOFSKY's "Noah," was also in the house. LORDE ("Hunger Games"), LANA DEL REY ("Big Eyes") and SIA/GREG KURSTIN ("Annie") were also nominated.
In the "Best Original Score -- Motion Picture" category, Icelandic composer JOHANN JOHANNSSON was the surprise winner for "The Theory of Everything," besting such well-known veterans as HANS ZIMMER ("Interstellar), ALEXANDER DESPLAT ("The Imitation Game") and TRENT REZNOR/ATTICUS ROSS ("Gone Girl").
In other musical tidbits from last night's ceremony, MICHAEL KEATON, winner for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical" for his role in "Birdman," sang the praises of his 31-year-old son, SEAN DOUGLAS, who was seated at his table. "My best friend is kind, intelligent, funny, talented, considerate, thoughtful. Did I say kind? He also happens to be my son SEAN." Turns out DOUGLAS is a singer-songwriter behind hits like JASON DERULO's "Talk Dirty" and "Wiggle" as well as DEMI LOVATO's "Heart Attack" and MADONNA's new "Ghosttown." When DOUGLAS, whose mother is the late CAROLINE McWILLIAMS, married to KEATON from 1982-'90 and passed away in 2010, was shown on TV, the TWITTERverse immediately blew up at the handsome, talented, young man.
Finally, the person who reportedly passed out at the ceremony turned out to be noted producer RICHARD PERRY, who was attending with longtime partner JANE FONDA. The award-winning producer/songwriter, who is being honored with a TRUSTEES AWARD at next month's GRAMMYS ceremony, apparently felt faint and needed some air in the overheated ballroom, then just decided to go home, according to observer ROGER FRIEDMAN's SHOWBIZ 411 report.