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U2 song from 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' wins Golden Globe for Best Song

The song "Ordinary Love," written by U2 for the motion picture "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" has just won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture on Jan. 12, 2014, at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Golden Globe Awards are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and honors the best in television and film. Tonight’s show was hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey live on NBC.

U2 wins Golden Globe for Best Song in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'
Photograph by Kay Shackleton

In his acceptance speech, The Edge said "We've been working for Nelson Mandela since we were teenagers and we had our first concert against apartheid."

Bono continued "This is very, very personal to us. He turned our live upside down. A man who refused to hate. Not because he didn't have rage or anger or these things, but because he thought love would do a better job. We wrote a love song."

U2's song "Ordinary Love" was written specifically for the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." The music for the film has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the score written by Alex Heffes and for the song "Ordinary Love" written by U2. The film chronicles the life of amazing life of Nelson Mandela, and it is very likely that U2 will be garnering an Oscar nomination as well.

This is the second Golden Globe win and fourth nomination for the band U2. Their previous Golden Globe was won in 2003 for their work in the film "Gangs of New York."

Also nominated for Best Original Song - Motion Picture were:

  • "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" for the song "Atlas"
  • "Frozen" for the song "Let it Go"
  • "Inside Llewyn Davis" for the song "Please Mr. Kennedy"
  • "One Chance" for the song "Sweeter Than Fiction"

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards this evening, including:

  • Best Original Score - Motion Picture for Alex Heffes
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Idris Elba

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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones and no texting, please don't talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don't forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.

-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at

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