Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in “Once”
The only thing I’m looking forward to more than Daniel Day-Lewis’ Best Actor acceptance speech at Sunday’s Oscars is Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s performance of “Falling Slowly.”
Who, you ask? Hansard and Irglova are the stars of “Once,” the pretty little indie-rock musical from Ireland that became an underground sensation this year on American shores.
“Once” is about a street musician (Hansard) and an immigrant piano player (Irglova) who fall in love while literally making music together. The two meet, form a ragtag band and hit the studio to record a demo.
I was delighted when I heard the key song from “Once,” “Falling Slowly,” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. It’s up against three songs from “Enchanted” and one song from “August Rush.”
Can “Falling Slowly” win? I think it can. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Hansard and Irglova get some mainstream buzz (a la Feist after her “1234” iPod commercial) following their performance. The song is just that good.
Here’s a nice YouTube clip of “Falling Slowly” straight from the movie.
Do you think “Falling Slowly” stands a chance?