Reminiscing with my Mom about one of the most influential moments of encouragement I’ve ever seen. ‘Once’ was made for $100,000. The film-makers mortgaged their homes, begged and borrowed for cameras. They shot the film in 3 weeks. They believed so strongly in the power of the music and the message that they did anything and everything they could to get the film made.
Imagine the shock when Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova were then nominated for an Academy Award for best original song for the haunting, ‘Falling Slowly.’ The honor, as they say, was in the nomination.
The acceptance speech by Glen Hansard was as honest, touching and passionate as his music. He ended it repeating: “Make art! Make art!”
The orchestra played the couple off before Marketa had the chance to speak. In an unprecedented Oscar moment, Jon Stewart called her back on stage after the commercial break and she said: “No matter how far out your dreams are it’s possible. Fair play to those who dare to dream.”