Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard won the OSCAR

The incredible dream of two independent artists became true; the message of the movie Once, filmed in three weeks, but speaking with the power of emotions that are ageless, moved hearts and rejoiced souls so much Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard won the Oscar for the best film song, Falling slowly.

Glen Hansard, gave the acceptance speech as the first one:

“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.”

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Because of directing confusion, after Glansard finished his speech, they were taken off stage, and after advertisements, Marketa Irglova was called back, which was against Oscar regulations, but really emotional. As she is a really shy person, to see her like this was moving for real.

“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.”

What to say more? Congratulations, Marketa and Glen, you have became legends. Good Luck.



  1. tomcat said, Feb 25, 01:53 PM #

    She is just great. You deserve it, Martina. You show that to do what you really want to do and not what money dictate you makes sense. Thank you.

  2. Isorski said, Feb 27, 04:21 PM #

    Their win was well deserved. What a great song (and movie!). I posted a review of Hansard and Irglova’s recent concert in Portland, a Once movie review and also a bit about the Oscar win on my blog. You’ll just have to scroll down on the right side and click on the “Glen Hansard” label to find all of it.

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