***** WinterU2 received their second Oscar nomination on Thursday, earning a nod in the category for Best Original Song for "Ordinary Love," the track they wrote for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Rolling Stone reports the band is thrilled to be in running for the award, and paid tribute to the film’s inspiration, late South African leader Nelson Mandela, with whom the band has had a long association.
"We are humbled and honored that 'Ordinary Love' has been nominated for an Oscar," says U2 in a joint statement. "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."
"Ordinary Love" also picked up the Best Original Song award at the Golden Globes on January 12.
U2 was previously nominated for an Oscar for "The Hands that Built America" in 2003, but lost to Eminem's "Lose Yourself." The Oscars ceremony will air live on ABC on March 2, with Ellen DeGeneres hosting.
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