Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Glen and Mar nominated for an Oscar, but not Johnny Greenwood
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova have been nominated for an Oscar. Their song "Falling Slowly" from 'Once' is up for Best Original Song. I met Glen in Austin six years ago when The Frames played SXSW. They played in a Scottish Rite temple auditorium to about forty people, and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. I saw them for the seventh time this past September at Webster Hall in New York with a much larger audience. Glen mentioned how they were bringing people up from the audience to sing Mar's party on "Falling Slowly" because she didn't come on tour with them. He then said that they decided not to do that in New York "because... well, she's here." She's just as adorable in person as she was on screen. Clearly, things are looking up. Finally. It's been 17 years since Glen released the first album under The Frames moniker, and while they've always enjoyed success at home, it's about time they tasted it around the world.
In other Oscar music news, they announced that Johnny Greenwood's score for 'There Will Be Blood', which was the favorite to win, was ruled ineligible. The score itself is 35 minutes long, but the film contains another 40+ minutes of music not specifically written for the film, so it doesn't count.