Once More With Feeling

I’ve been waiting to be able to use that Buffy episode as a title to a post that’s unrelated to the television show’s musical episode. Just a few more things from the Oscars last night. We’re already on record as saying our fav moment was when Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova performed and accepted their Oscars. Soooooo…

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Here’s their performance.

And here’s the entirety of their acceptance speech, which we couldn’t find late last night, but now it’s popped up on YouTube. Fast forward to about two minutes for Marketa to come back on stage.

And just came across this NY Times article about the real life couple. See there are happy endings, even if they didn’t end up together in the movie. If you didn’t love them before you’ll certainly love them even more.

But when Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglova came to town recently for their first-ever awards season, they did not stay in a luxurious hotel. Like many artists trying to stay afloat in the indie world, they crashed at a friend?s house.

A few days before they were to perform their nominated song ?Falling Slowly? at the Academy Awards, the two musicians ? who went from on-screen pair to real-life couple ? borrowed a car and drove to Amoeba Music on Sunset Boulevard. They were besieged by fans. ? ?Once? was so authentic,? a young man said enthusiastically.

Mr. Hansard, the 37-year-old frontman of the Dublin rock band the Frames, gave an aw-shucks smile.

Ms. Irglova, a 19-year-old singer and pianist of Czech descent, stood to the side, fiddling with a locket she was wearing. Both performers were looking forward to rebelling against the formal dress code at the Oscars.

?I don?t own a suit, so I just bought one,? said Mr. Hansard, whose curly hair looked as if someone had taken an eggbeater to it. ?But I?m not going to wear black tie. I?m going to be meself. They?re not going to kick me out!?

Ms. Irglova said, ?For me to wear a night gown …?

?A what?? Mr. Hansard interrupted.

?An evening gown,? she said, correcting herself.

?No,? he said with a laugh. ?I like it. Let?s both go in our pajamas.?

Here’s hoping this isn’t the last time we hear from them both.

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