U2 were inspired to write a song especially for the Nelson Mandela biopic after watching an early cut of the film.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom achieved its first success of the film awards season, winning the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song – ‘Ordinary Love’ composed by Irish rockers U2. The song appears in the closing credits of the film.
The winners of the 71st Golden Globe Awards were announced in Beverley Hills on Sunday 12 January with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave taking the honours for Best Motion Picture Drama and American Hustle directed by David O. Russell winning for Best Motion Picture Musical / Comedy.
U2 were inspired to write a song especially for the Nelson Mandela biopic after watching an early cut of the film. U2 has a long association with South Africa as supporters of the anti apartheid movement and of Mandela’s projects, including 46664, Mandela’s global HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness campaign. U2’s 1987 song ‘Silver and Gold’ was also inspired by South Africa’s apartheid struggle.
On accepting the Golden Globe award, U2 guitarist The Edge said, “This is amazing. We have been working for President Mandela since the ’70s, since we were teenagers and when we did our very first concert against the apartheid movement, so it has taken us 35 years to write this song.”
Bono said, “This really is personal for us. Very, very personal. This man turned our life upside down, right side up. A man who refused to hate, not because he didn’t have rage or anger, 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. You know about the global statesman, but you don’t know about the man, that’s why you should see this film.”
Producer, Anant Singh commented, “Congratulations to Bono and U2. They composed an amazing song that truly captures the love story of Madiba and Winnie. ‘Ordinary Love’ was their first song in three years. We thank them for their contribution to our film and for their commitment to Madiba and to our continent.”
The film has also been nominated for a Bafta award for Outstanding British Film. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts winners will be announced on 16 February at the Royal Opera House, London.
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