Posted by: beattieblog | February 26, 2008

Must be the Irish in me…

Hey! Fans of the film Once, did you see Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova win the Oscar last night? How can these two not be among our newest favorites – and yes, they are dating. He quit school at 13 and made it as a street musician in Dublin and is the lead of “The Frames” a wildly popular Irish band (why don’t all you Drop Kick Murphy fans dial it down a bit and enjoy classic Irish rock sound:)). She’s 19, from the Czech Republic and had never acted before. Apparently they shot the movie in 17 days, for $100K, with 2 cameras. They started dating while shooting the movie. Pretty cool story.

Here’s the video of their performance last night. Below are their speeches. It was nice that John Stewart brought her back out after a commercial – they cut her off before she could talk initially. You can take the h’s out of all of his “Thanks” = “tanks” to get the Irish brogue just right:

 

Glen Hansard: “Thanks! 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. Thanks.”

Marketa Irglova: “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 way. Thank you.”

There’s a brief, but nice interview with Hansard by Steve Stockman here. Stockman is the Irish Presbyterian minister who authored “Walk On: The Spiritual History of U2“. Which I need to get back from whoever borrowed it from me… Hmm.

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