Monday, February 25, 2008

David & Goliath

Want to know how to tell the Oscars were rigged?
Three songs, would you believe it? 60% of the nominated songs?
Three truly atrocious songs, from one film, Enchanted.

You’re kidding, right?
Nobody thought this was a bit much?
Must have been the bazillion dollar budget on this turkey that gave the nominating committee not much pause or hesitation before they launched three of the songs from the movie as legitimate contenders. Must have been a truly sad year for originality as far as movie's songs were concerned.

Want to know how to tell that the Oscars weren't rigged?
Once’s nominated song, "Falling Slowly" won.
I exploded off my chair when it was announced . The little $100,000 engine that could of a film!

Personally, this song was my favorite in the movie. Why it wasn't nominated instead of one of the manatees (my humble apologies to the manatees) from "Enchanted" simply tells me that the nominations were.....RIGGED!

Their Acceptance Speech: (Mr. Hansard had no suits so he had to buy one just for their performance)
Glen Hansard:
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.

Marketa Irglova:
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, who helped us along way. Thank you.

NB: I went on and on about "Once" last Father's Day in this bit.


I was pleased-slash-amazed when they announced the winner, and I haven't even seen the film in question. Incredible, really.

But three nominations from Enchanted? I understand that No Country and Blood were score-less, but Was this year really such a dud for music in the movies?
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