Friday, January 17, 2014

U2 comment on Oscar nomination for Mandela tribute

U2 have issued a statement regarding their Oscar nomination in the Best Original Song category for the Nelson Mandela tribute, “Ordinary Love”, as featured in the film, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

“We are humbled and honoured that 'Ordinary Love' has been nominated for an Oscar,” said the band. “It was a privilege to be asked to write a song for this extraordinary film, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and to help tell this extraordinary love story. We have been working for this great man since we were teenagers and for our song to be recognized in this way by the Academy is beyond our wildest teenage dreams."

The band are nominated alongside Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” from Despicable Me, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O’s “The Moon Song” from Her, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for “Let It Go” from Frozen, and Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel for "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the film of the same name.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards will take place on March 2 in Hollywood.

U2 recently picked up a Best Original Song Golden Globe Award for “Ordinary Love” (read about it here).

The group are currently working on plans to release their new album later this spring.

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