Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom received a coveted Oscar Nomination for Achievement in Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song) for the song ‘Ordinary Love’ which was composed especially for the film by super band, U2.
U2 have been close to the Mandela cause for more than thirty five years and writing the song for the film, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was a work of passion and a very personal labour of love for them.
Producer Anant Singh commented, “The Oscar nomination for ‘Ordinary Love’ is really well deserved. We congratulate them on this accolade. Bono and U2 composed and performed a brilliant song which they put their heart and soul into. This is indicative of the bond they have had with Madiba, supporting the anti-apartheid movement in Ireland and the Global 46664 Anti HIV/AIDS Campaign.”
Earlier this week, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom received the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, also for ‘Ordinary Love’.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is an Anant Singh presentation of a Justin Chadwick film. A Videovision Entertainment production in association with Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Pathe, Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa and National Empowerment Fund. The film stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Jamie Bartlett, and Deon Lotz. Music is composed by Alex Heffes with Music Contributions from Caiphus Semenya, Blondie Makhene and Dizu Plaatjies. The Co-Producers are Robert Naidoo, Brian Cox, Vlokkie Gordon, Hlengiwe Makhathini with Executive Producers Cameron McCracken, François Ivernel, Geoffrey Qhena, Basil Ford, Philisiwe Mthethwa, Harvey Weinstein, Sudhir Pragjee and Sanjeev Singh, and Producer for Origin Pictures is David M. Thompson. Produced by Anant Singh, the film is based on Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ with the screenplay by William Nicholson and it is directed by Justin Chadwick.