Marketa Irglova: When dreams come true

25 02 2008

NewsAs has been previously stated in this blog, I am a big fan of the “little movie that could,” Once. Accordingly, I was absolutely ecstatic when Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly.” I also sat balking at the TV through the entire commercial break after the microphone was cut off right as Irglova stepped up to make her acceptance speech. Glen Hansard had already made his speech, but the nineteen-year-old Irglova (her birthday is in three days) was immediately interrupted by the orchestra and whisked off-stage.

Irglova

It turns out that, once in a blue moon, Oscar recipients do get a chance to finish their speeches. After the commercial break, she was allowed back on stage to give her speech. Thank goodness she got the chance, because it was easily the most stirring speech of the night:

“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 the time struggling.  The fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this is just to prove that 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.  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.  So thank you so much who helped us along the way.  Thank you.”

She received one of the most resounding applauses of the entire night for her chance to say those words.





Once in a blue moon

28 01 2008

Plugs“Once” in a blue moon a movie is released that reminds us (the viewers) that good movies don’t have to be made of million dollar budgets, superstar celebrities, and intricate plots. If you have not heard of the movie, Once, then you may be missing out on one of the best films of 2007. The movie was shot for on $160,000 (about 1/1000 of the cost of the recent films, I Am Legend, Shrek the Third, and Evan Almighty) and yet has rated in the Top Ten for 2007 of twenty professional critics (Top Five for eleven of them). These are the same level of critics whose reviews are compiled on RottenTomatoes.com and MetaCritic.com.

Even more impressive is the fact that the lead actor, Glen Hansard, and the director, John Carney, both come from the Irish rock band, The Frames. The lead actress, Marketa Irglova, worked with Glen Hansard on a CD titled The Swell Season, but neither had ever acted before. If the movie itself isn’t inspirational enough, the story behind the movie shows that certainly shows that you can do almost anything you put your mind to. Unfortunately, Once was more or less skipped over for the Academy Awards. They have one nomination for Best Original Song, “Falling Slowly,” one I hope they can win.

Once