'Falling Slowly' is still eligible for a Best Song Oscar. Whew!

Glen_lGood news for those folks (including me) rooting for "Falling Slowly" from Once to win the Best Song Oscar: in the dispute over the song’s eligibility, the Academy has ruled in its favor. There was some confusion over whether the song was actually conceived for the film, since stars Glen Hansard (pictured) and Mark√©ta Irglov√° both released versions of it on disc before the movie came out. Nonetheless the Academy has determined that the song was indeed composed for the movie, which was in the works before the recordings were released. Bottom line: the song won’t be disqualified, like so much other good movie music that didn’t make the cut this year.


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  • Catherine

    Hope they win!! This is one of the best album of the year and that song is simply beautiful!!

  • Gringo

    thank god

  • Heather

    This song better win. Enchanted was an adorable movie but Falling Slowly is such a rich and beautiful song. It’s a shame this movie wasn’t recognized beyond this one nomination.

  • Martha

    Whew – that’s a relief. Think they can use similar reasoning to somehow reinstate Jonny Greenwood’s score for “There Will Be Blood”? Or is that just too much to hope for?

  • Carli

    They better win now! I loved this movie. The music was amazing. I haven’t heard the other songs though, so I can’t compare.

  • Nose

    Every song in Once gave me goosebumps. I don’t even much care if they win, as long as the Oscars are broadcast and Glen and Marketa get to perform this live.

  • Clementine

    The whole album is so good, but this song is haunting… I absolutely love it and now I have something to look forward to at the Oscars! I hope it wins!

  • Katy

    Phew! I can’t believe just this one song was nominated. They’re all incredible.

  • hoorah

    the whole album was amazing. i did love enchanted and thought the songs were really great. it was great to hear music like that in movies again. fun, catchy, entertaining. but the songs from once were incredible. i’m torn as to what would get my vote. falling slowly is great and one of my favorites, but it’s not the very top. maybe that’s why i’m confused a bit. regardless, i think i’d still give the edge to once when it comes to my vote. the movie was so simply wonderful it deserves to be noticed.

  • Pamela

    Excellent news. I with Nose on this one, the Oscar ceremony better go ahead so we can see Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova perform. Then everyone who hasn’t seen Once or heard the songs can fall in love with them just like we did. Oh,I’d love them to win as well, of course!

  • tex mex

    yay!!!

  • Tony

    Hurrah! This song better win now! A little recognition for the little movie that could!

  • Nose

    I would actually love to see “Say It To Me Now” performed on the Oscar stage. When he sang that in the movie, I actually dropped what was in my hands and I was completely lost in the song. I know that sounds lame, but it’s true.

  • Jenny

    That’s terrific news. I watched this movie last weekend and was blown away by that song. It’s absolutely beautiful. It better win over those Enchanted songs!

  • Kat

    To Nose – I know what you mean – I had the same experience watching “Falling Slowly” during the movie – and I even got teared up, it was such a powerful scene. I hope hope hope they win and hope even more that they get to perform on the show!

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