(Los Angeles) Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova took home the Oscar last night for best original song for their moving rendition of "Falling Slowly" from the hit indie film Once.
"This is amazing! What are we doing here? This is mad!" said a clearly overjoyed Hansard to a cheering audience as he accepted the award, adding that the film was made on two Handi-Cams in three weeks for $100,000. He wrapped his acceptance speech by urging "make art! Make art!"
Hansard, who before the runaway success of Once was perhaps best known as the front man for the Irish quintet the Frames, performed "Falling Slowly" earlier in the broadcast on his signature well-worn guitar, accompanied by Irglova on piano.
The song also appears on the Frames' 6th studio album, The Cost, which was released on Anti- Records last year, and was called "sophisticated and layered with deft orchestration. And yet, the band's songwriting and delivery display an earnestness and lack of pretension that's pure rock" by the Boston Globe.
Click here to see Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova peform "Falling Slowly" at the 80th annual Academy Awards.
Click here to see their acceptance speeches.
Click here to see Hansard perform the song with the Frames.