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Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova @ the Oscars, Feb 24, 2008
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova at the Oscars

'There is a certain poetry in a Grafton Street busker playing the Oscars," grins Glen Hansard.

"I feel like a plumber at a flower show. The indie rocker in me wants to say it's a load of bollocks, but if you are gonna get an award in this life, why not try and get yourself an Oscar?" The 37-year-old Dublin musician's life has the kind of fairy-tale arc that would make a good film, if it hadn't already been turned into one.

Hansard is the co-star of Once, a shoe-string budget feature (made for under £100,000) about an Irish busker and his platonic relationship with a Czech immigrant, played by 19-year-old Marketa Irglova. From extremely humble beginnings ("We never even thought it was going to get released, we just thought we might sell some DVDs after gigs"), it went on to win an award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and become one of the art-house hits of the year, grossing $7 million in its first three months. Hansard and Irglova have been invited to perform their duet "Falling Slowly" at tomorrow's tonight's Oscars, where they have been nominated in the Best Original Song category. [Telegraph]

UPDATE: They won!

UPDATE: 2: Watch their performance & acceptance speech.

Next up: Radio City Music Hall, and another tour.....

The Swell Season - 2008 Tour Dates
Wed 04/23 - Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Fri 04/25 - Indio, CA Empire Polo Field (Coachella)
Sat 04/26 - Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
Sun 04/27 - Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
Mon 04/28 - Portland, OR Portland Center For The Arts
Wed 04/30 - Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
Thu 05/01 - Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
Fri 05/02 - Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Sat 05/03 - Denver, CO Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Mon 05/05 - Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
Sat 05/10 - Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sun 05/11 - Cleveland, OH Allen Theatre
Mon 05/12 - Louisville, KY W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre
Tue 05/13 - Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Fri 05/16 - Richmond, VA Toad's Place Of Richmond
Sat 05/17 - Baltimore, MD Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Mon 05/19 - New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
Tue 05/20 - Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
Mon 06/16 - Madison, WI Overture Center For The Arts
Tue 06/17 - Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
Sun 06/22 - Telluride, CO Town Park (Telluride Bluegrass Festival)

(thx thighmaster)

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Comments (30)

they are also playing bonnaroo this year

Posted by mike | February 24, 2008 10:45 PM

This year's "Best Song" nominees totally blew. I didn't see Enchanted and now I know I never will since it means sitting through those insufferably, corny songs. Things would have been much more enjoyable had either Jonny Greenwood or Kimya been eligible.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2008 10:46 PM

Aw, they won!!! yes!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2008 10:47 PM

WOW, John Stewart is a really good person.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2008 10:55 PM

Yay, The Swell Season won! Best song nominated. Fuck Three Six Mafia and Cameron Diaz is still hot.

Posted by Narayan | February 24, 2008 10:56 PM

I agreed with you until you said Kimya should have been nominated. The Academy Awards are about talent, not talentless hacks.

One of my favorite concerts ever was seeing the Frames in a bar with 50-60 people. Good for Glen Hansard!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2008 10:57 PM

10:49 p.m.: John Travolta dances onto the stage at the end of the performance and steps up to the microphone to announce the winner for Best Song. Despite Enchanted having three songs in the running, Falling Slowly wins it! As I said earlier, having heard the song performed tonight, I definitely think this one is deserving of the win. Glen Hansard says his thanks and the music comes up before Marketa Irglova gets a chance to say her thanks. Man, I hate that. It’s not like Hansard went on for that long either.

Posted by Cinema Blend | February 24, 2008 11:09 PM

Irish singer/songwriter GLEN HANSARD and his ONCE co-star MARKETA IRGLOVA served up the first big surprise at the 2008 Oscars by beating ALAN MENKEN's three ENCHANTED nominations to claim the night's Best Song. The duo's Falling Slowly tune left Hansard stunned and fighting back tears as he struggled with his acceptance speech. The humbled star said, "We made this film two years ago, we shot it on two handy-cams (cameras), it took us three weeks to make, we made it for 100 grand and we never thought we'd come into a room like this and be in front of you people... This is amazing."

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2008 11:19 PM

Jon Stewart calling her back onstage and Marketa's speech was probably the moment of the night. now i just hope juno gets nothing at all...

Posted by diggins | February 24, 2008 11:20 PM

Do any of you know Glen personally? Major Asshole!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2008 11:37 PM

Success Anon 11:20!

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 12:13 AM

Actually, I do know Glen personally and he's one of the nicest, most genuine people I've ever met. My finance and I have been friends with him for years and we couldn't be happier for them.

Posted by Meghan | February 25, 2008 12:35 AM

To Anonymous calling Glen Hansard an A-Hole...

how do you know him?... what are the grounds for you calling him this... is this because he didn't shake your hand when you tried to jock him at a show?

I've met him via business and he was fine.

you better go watch JUNO again

Posted by SeanO' | February 25, 2008 12:36 AM

re: enchanted.
the songs are supposed to be corny. i guess you just missed the boat. i am not defending it, its just that everyone else understands that the songs are supposed to be ridiculously corny, as that movie, while staying largely in the disney formula, mocks its own conventions.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 3:55 AM

It feels so good to see an Indie, small budget film win. Inspirational!

Posted by Saw Lady | February 25, 2008 9:57 AM

I was so happy they won! Not only did an indie film win...but the song is wonderful -- and they were so cute giving their speeches!

Posted by S | February 25, 2008 10:03 AM

Good on ya glennie my ol flower.Delighted to see an ordinary Dacent lad and lady doing well.

all the best

CL.

Posted by Cork lad | February 25, 2008 10:08 AM

I hate to kill some buzz, but the girl in Once was born in 1988, which means she is currently 19 and in high school when she got together with Glen Hansard, who was born in 1970. So he is 38 and she is 19. He was more than twice her age (36 vs. 17) when they filmed the movie. Am I the only one who thinks it is weird that this romance gets so much buzz?

Posted by Freddy | February 25, 2008 10:43 AM

they didn't get together while filming the movie (which she was 17 when it was filmed) but rather 2 years later when they were promoting the movie (when she was 19). they're actually engaged i think.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 10:45 AM

I don't buy that. Even if I did, it is still gross, in my opinion.

Posted by Freddy | February 25, 2008 10:49 AM

Who are you, Freddy, and why are you posting the same comments on multiple bulletin boards?

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 11:32 AM

Neko Case left home at the age of 15. Some people just mature sooner than most others.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 11:43 AM

By that logic, I could've banged the preternaturally mature Neko Case and everything would've been hunky-dory. Well, except for my penis, eternally angry at having been immersed in that particular Well of Souls.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 11:49 AM

The IMDb says that this film was first shown in July 2006 (in Ireland and the Czech Republic). How was it eligible for this year's Oscars?

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 12:19 PM

The final date on the Swell Season schedule - Telluride Bluegrass - also includes one of the year's only sets from Glen's band The Frames (late on Saturday night). That's 2 sets from Glen Hansard under the full moon summer solstice under Colorado's jagged San Juan Mountains.

Posted by Brian | February 25, 2008 4:56 PM

The film was eligible for 2007 Oscars because the film saw official U.S. release in 2007. That's the deciding factor.

Posted by kinoglaz | February 26, 2008 12:39 AM

anyone know the password for the internet presale? it starts tomorrow at 10am...

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2008 10:10 AM

from the frames website:

The pre-sale password for the shows is "once" (except atlanta).

Posted by rocked the shit | February 26, 2008 10:55 AM

wow - orchestra tickets come to about $60 each including ticketmaster charges. that is absurd.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008 10:45 AM

child molesters, creative or not, are child molesters. he didn't hook up during the promotion he hooked up when they met and moved to czech.

ireland will talk for ireland eventually

Posted by anonymous like | June 20, 2008 2:55 AM

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