U2 have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Ordinary Love’ from the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. This follows the band’s recent victory in the Golden Globe awards with the same song.
U2’s ‘Ordinary Love’ will be up against ‘Alone But Not Alone’ from the film of the same name (written by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel), ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2 (Pharrell Williams), ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez), and ‘The Moon Song’ from Her (Karen O and Spike Jonze).
After receiving the Golden Globe award, U2’s Bono said: “This really is personal, very very personal. This man [Nelson Mandela] turned our life upside down, right side up. A man who refused to hate but he thought love would do a better job. We wrote a love song because it’s kind of what’s extraordinary about the film. It’s a dysfunctional love story.”
The Oscars will be presented on March 2.
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