Monday, February 25, 2008

And The Oscar Goes To...

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová for Falling Slowly from the beautiful independent film, Once.

This was easily the highlight of the night! I was so excited for them, a couple of independent musicians walking home with an Oscar. What are the chances? Their work in this film was fantastic and if you haven't seen Once, you should add it to the top of your Netflix queue immediately.

Glen gave the first acceptance speech:
Thanks! This is amazing. What are we doing here? This is mad. We made this film two years ago. We shot on two Handicams. It took us three weeks to make. We made it for a hundred grand. We never thought we would come into a room like this and be in front of you people. It's been an amazing thing. Thanks for taking this film seriously, all of you. It means a lot to us. Thanks to the Academy, thanks to all the people who've helped us, they know who they are, we don't need to say them. This is amazing. Make art. Make art. Thanks.

And God bless Jon Stewart for recognizing the importance of this moment and inviting Markéta back to the stage to give her acceptance speech after the music cut her off before one word escaped her lips.

Hi everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we're standing here tonight, the fact that we're able to hold this, it's just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it's possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don't give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are. And so thank you so much, who helped us along the way. Thank you.

Congratulations, Glen & Markéta! A well deserved honor.

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