Sunday, February 24, 2008

Grace at the Oscars

Two of the best moments at the Oscars have come during winners' acceptance speeches.

The first was delivered by Marion Cotillard, who won the award for best actress in a leading role. "There really are angels in this city," she said as she accepted the Oscar.

The second came from the best moment host Jon Stewart has had tonight: Bringing Best Original Song winner Marketa Irglova back out on stage to say a few words after her fellow winner, co-writer Glen Hansard, took up all the time allotted for acceptance with his remarks. Stewart brought Irglova back on stage when the show returned from commercial break, and she delivered the following remarks:

"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."

Hansard and Irglova won the Academy Award for their song, "Falling Slowly," from the motion picture Once.