Frames Frontman Scores First Oscar
Mon, 25 Feb 2008 10:17:53
Glen Hansard of the Frames and his Once co-star/songwriter Marketa Irglova won the Oscar for best original song ("Falling Slowly") at the 80th Academy Awards last night, beating out selections from Enchanted (which garnered two separate nominations) and August Rush.
"This is amazing!" said Hansard in his acceptance speech. "What are we doing here? This is mad! He then added, "Make art! Make art!"
The show's orchestra cut Irglova off before she could say anything, but Oscar host Jon Stewart apologized for the hasty exit and invited her back onstage, where she said, "This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all independent musicians and artists who spend so much of their time struggling. No matter how far out your dreams are, it's possible ... this song was written from a perspective of hope, and at the end of the day, hope connects us all."
Other music-related awards included Dario Marianelli's win for best original score (Atonement), several nods for La Vie en Rose (best achievement in makeup for Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald, best actress for Mario Cotillard), and best achievement in art direction for Dante Ferretti and Freancesca Lo Schiavo's work in the silver screen musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff