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2008 Oscars Wrap up (and my favorite moment)

Although there were a few really nice moments during this year's telecast, my favorite moment was the performance and subsequent win for "Falling Slowly" from the film Once...

Last Oscar post — I swear.

Well, it looks like my pre­dic­tions were pret­ty close — except for Best Actress/Supporting Actress. I was hap­py that No Coun­try For Old Men swept (It won 4 of the 5 majors, and it wasn’t even eli­gi­ble for “Best Actress” — though Kel­ly Mac­don­ald was very, very good in her small, but piv­otal role — and her accent was dead-on — had no idea she was Scot­tish!), because it real­ly was, to me, the “best” Acad­e­my-esque film of the year.

Although there were a few real­ly nice moments dur­ing this year’s tele­cast (Til­da Swinton’s win — and her absolute shock, was amaz­ing; the beau­ti­ful Mar­i­on Cotillard’s win for Best Actress — as soon as I saw her clip, I had a feel­ing that would take it — makes me want to see La vie en Rose), my favorite moment was the per­for­mance and sub­se­quent win for “Falling Slow­ly” from the film, Once. I’m not quite sure how I missed out on all the buzz for this film (actu­al­ly, I take that back — pret­ty sure it hap­pened while I was recov­er­ing from my eye surgery back in July/August), but as soon as they start­ed per­form­ing, I got chills and was real­ly hop­ing it would win. I thought Enchant­ed was great and I absolute­ly adore Amy Adam, but “Falling Slow­ly” was just such a beau­ti­ful song. Of course, while I’m watch­ing the cer­e­mo­ny, I keep think­ing, “I know that dude’s voice — I’ve heard him before some­where” and sure enough, it turns out that both Glenn and Mar­ke­ta con­tributed to the The Cake Sale (NOTE: Because I’m all about Full Dis­clo­sure, my Amazon.com affil­i­ate ID IS includ­ed in that link, you don’t have to click it or buy it through that, just try­ing this out more than any­thing), a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between a bunch of Irish musi­cians that I import­ed back in Novem­ber of 2006 (and I couldn’t find the CD so I bought the Amazon.com down­load, as it was both cheap­er than iTunes and with­out DRM, of course, I found the CD this morn­ing. What­ev­er.). Glenn is in an Irish band, The Frames, which has opened for Damien Rice (one of my favorite musi­cians) on recent tours and also col­lab­o­rat­ed with Damien and the Bell X1 guys.

They were also on KCRW’s Morn­ing Becomes Eclec­tic last sum­mer and I actu­al­ly had that pod­cast saved on one of my exter­nal dri­ves. Neato.

Any­hoo, I was super excit­ed that they won (as was the audi­ence, you could tell that the crowd was real­ly psy­ched for them to win) but more than a lit­tle peev­ed when the orches­tra cut off Mar­ke­ta before she was able to give her speech. I always think those things are so rude any­way, espe­cial­ly giv­en how much time is wast­ed in lame joke set-ups and deliv­er­ies and fake mon­tages (as Jeff point­ed out in his com­ment on my last entry). So when they came back from com­mer­cial and let her come out and give her speech, I was real­ly, real­ly hap­py. I can’t remem­ber that ever hap­pen­ing before, and I was very, very glad that that hap­pened. After that, no one got the orches­tra of death music again — I think the direc­tor of the show freaked the fuck out and basi­cal­ly refused to do it again. The show was short this year any­way (they didn’t have the tra­di­tion­al 2:30 mon­tages for each Best Pic­ture nom­i­nee, I assume because they weren’t able to get the WGA con­sent when all this was being planned — and there was no time to go back in and try to edit anoth­er 13 min­utes into the show), so it wasn’t like it was need­ed.

For any­one who missed or wants to re-watch the per­for­mance,

Can you believe that chick is only 19?!?! Amaz­ing!

I imme­di­ate­ly bought both the Music From The Motion Pic­ture Once and The Swell Sea­son, which con­tains many of the same songs (slight­ly dif­fer­ent) and is the name of the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the two.

Awe­some, awe­some stuff.

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Jesús said:

Well, per­son­al­ly, this year was real­ly spe­cial, I prob­a­bly found my favourite Oscar moment ever. I eager­ly wait for the Oscars every year and last night I found myself almost cry­ing after Javier Bar­dem won. In Latin Amer­i­ca, a lot of us already knew he posess­es a super­hu­man act­ing tal­ent. Evi­dent­ly, I’m Span­ish in the end and Span­ish is my moth­er tongue. That’s why it was so touch­ing to hear my lan­guage spo­ken dur­ing Oscar night. What he said, ded­i­cat­ed to his moth­er and the pro­fes­sion and Spain, was tru­ly a fan­tas­tic emo­tion…

Nice blog!

Posted on: February 25, 2008 at 10:41 pmQuote this Comment
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Christi­na said:

Jesus, I don’t speak Span­ish and I was touched by both Bardem’s very deserv­ing win (he was tru­ly fan­tas­tic — and I’ve been a fan of his since first see­ing him in Before Night Falls almost 8 years ago) and his speech and his mes­sage to his moth­er. I think it’s won­der­ful that you were so touched by hear­ing your native lan­guage and see­ing an actor that you have respect­ed for a long time get recog­ni­tion from the “estab­lish­ment” — beau­ti­ful!

And thank you for your kind com­ments!

Posted on: February 25, 2008 at 11:00 pmQuote this Comment

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