Golden Globes: U2, Edward Sharpe's Alex Ebert Wins for Best Original Song, Score
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "All Is Lost" emerge victorious at the 2014 gala.
You could say rockers swept the Golden Globes music categories on Sunday night.
Alex Ebert, frontman for psychedelic collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, picked up a Best Original Score trophy for his work on All Is Lost. He was up against several scoring veterans, including John Williams (The Book Thief) and Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave). But music played an even more important role in the Robert Redford-starrer, which featured little spoken dialogue. To that end, it had something in common with Gravity, for which another newcomer, Steven Price, was nominated.
Ebert seemed equally surprised by the win. "I cannot believe this," he said from the stage. "This is crazy." He got it together quickly enough to deliver a stellar line, thanking writer/director J.C. Chandor. In his hand, said Ebert, "the most deft pen is a clumsy tool."
Equally well-spoken, Bono took the stage with bandmates The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton to accept the Best Original Song award for “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Noting Nelson Mandela's influence on the band, guitarist The Edge told the A-List audience, "We have been working for President Mandela since the 70s ... since we were teenagers when we did our very first concert again apartheid. It’s taken us 35 years to write this song."
Added Bono: "This man turned our lives upside down -- right side up. He refused to hate because he thought love would do a better job."
Coldplay's Chris Martin, who stood up when the winners were announced, got a special shout-out for "helping out," as did Madonna manager Guy Oseary, new to U2's management family via a new deal with Live Nation.
Other song contenders included Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff for "Sweeter Than Fiction" (from One Chance) and Coldplay for "Atlas" (from Hunger Games; Catching Fire).
Ultimately, offered Bono, "We’re good at the dysfunctional love stories."