Firstly, whoop whoop and well done to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova for snagging the best Original Song Oscar at last night’s awards.
Here’s their win:
For those in work who can’t play the clip, here’s what they said:
“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.”
“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 those who helped us along way. Thank you.”
Also, let’s not forget another momentous moment for Irish music also took place at the weekend – Dustin the turkey and his song, Irelande Douze Pointe, was chosen as our Eurovision entry. I think it’s bloody brilliant, a genius move; it’s all a bit of a joke at this stage so we might as well have a bit of craic with it… I particularly like the way he name-checks all the other countries and the mad jingle jangle mix of Irish trad-esque sounds with some of that great Eurotrashy techno.
Here he is, doing his thing: