'Once' Upon An Oscar

The big music news from last night's Academy Awards wasn't P. Diddy's red-carpet revelation that he'd received Sidney Poitier's blessings to play the lead in "A Raisin in The Sun." It was that Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová won the best song award for their gorgeous "Once" duet, "Falling Slowly." One small loss for Disney (whose "Enchanted" generated three nominations in the category), one giant win for Ireland (Hansard) and Czechoslovakia (Irglová).

The real-life couple performed a truncated version of the song on the telecast, complete with a dose of Oscar-style orchestration:

To fully appreciate the song, though, it's best to hear (and see) the full, unfussy version from the film itself:

By J. Freedom du Lac |  February 25, 2008; 11:04 AM ET Awards Shows
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I'd like to thank the Academy for getting it so very right.

I'd also like to thank Jon Stewart for deftly coming to Marketa's aid, and for rescuing her (speech) from the clutches of Bill Conti's premature orchestration.

Posted by: David | February 25, 2008 1:27 PM

I wonder if Marketa getting cut off the first time around was Conti's fault, or if he takes his cue from the director of the telecast. Either way, it was definitely a classy move by Stewart (or whomever was responsible) to bring her back for one of the most deeply felt acceptance speeches of the night.

I like to imagine the elfin Mr. Hansard going all Nugent backstage, grabbing Sid Ganis by the labels and threatening to place some kind of ancient Celtic curse on the Kodak Theatre if they didn't let his girlfriend get back on the mic. Probably didn't happen like that -- actually, it looked to me like Hansard was gesturing for Irglova to follow him off, though I don't have access to the video-tape right now to fact-check my memory -- but these kind of imaginary interludes make the Oscars go by a lot quicker.

I'm glad they won; "Falling Slowly" is a great song and "Once" is a terrific little movie. The Best Song field was weak overall, though.

Posted by: Chris Klimek | February 25, 2008 4:46 PM

I'm glad this song won, it was my favorite from the movie. I would love to download it, but iTunes is being unreasonable in only making it available on the whole album

Posted by: Anonymous | February 25, 2008 5:26 PM

I'll have to be the voice of dissent here. That song was thin, by far the worst of the nominated numbers, none of which really stood out for me, anyway. And the relationship between the much older guy and the young woman borders on predatory in my book.

Posted by: Joe Dalhart | February 28, 2008 12:17 AM

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