In any other year, a song by a band like U2 honouring a beloved historical figure like Nelson Mandela would be a given for any award it was nominated for, regardless of the song itself. And, it turned out, it was a given in this year, too.
U2 won their second Golden Globe for "Ordinary Love," the theme to the biopic "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," following their previous win for "The Hands That Build America" from the Martin Scorsese film, "Gangs of New York."
Still, it was something of a shocker given the momentum that the Disney power ballad "Let It Go," written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, has been enjoying, trouncing its competitors in YouTube views (36.5 million to U2's 4.5 million) and seeing the soundtrack even bumping Beyonce from the number one spot on the album charts.
But what's a few weeks compared to 35 years, as U2's The Edge might point out. "We have been working for President Mandela since the '70s, since we were teenagers and did our very first concert for the anti-apartheid movement," he said. "It's taken us 35 years to write this song."
"This really is personal for us," added Bono. "This man turned our life upside down and right side up, this man who refused to hate. We wrote a love song because it's what's extraordinary about this film. It's this dysfunctional love story. You know about the statesman, but you don’t know about that man."
U2 also beat other big names to take the 71st annual Golden Globe for best original song. Other 2014 nominees included Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff's “Sweeter Than Fiction” from “One Chance,” Coldplay's "Atlas" from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” and Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's "Please Mr. Kennedy" from "Inside Llewyn Davis."
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