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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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