If you have not seen the film Once, you are in for a treat. Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard won an Oscar for the song “Falling Slowly” tonight, and I am still pinching myself to wake up. It was an underdog victory of epic proportions, and their speeches were transcendant. Very exciting times, these two are independant as it gets. They were truly overjoyed in accepting the award for struggling artists everywhere. Mad props to ABC and John Stewart for allowing Marketa to get her time to speak after the previous commercial break had cut her off. It was one of the greatest moments in Oscar history.
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.
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.
Fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up.
This song was written from a perspective of hope.
Hope, at the end of the day, connects us all. No matter how different we are.
This is amazing. What are we doing here? This is mad.
We made this film two years ago; we shot on two Handycams. 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, make art!
(Photographs from Fox Searchlight, you can also hear the song there, although it is best if you hear it for the first time when you watch the film. Enjoy.)