Monday, February 25, 2008

From Blog to Oscar: celebrating unlikely successes

A stripper is not most people's preconception of an Oscar winning screenwriter, yet blogger and former stripper Diablo Cody can lay that distinguished claim as recipient for best original screenplay this year at the 80th Oscars.

Other notable wins were for No Country for Old Men for which the oh too cool Cohen Brothers took best Director as well as Best Picture but who does Ethan Cohen keep signaling to on stage? As expected, Daniel Day Lewis took the win for Best Actor in a leading role. But the highlight of the night was when Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won for best original song for their film Once, winning out over three nominated songs from Dinsey's Enchanted in a David vs. Goliath type match up where the big Hollywood studio was expected to win. Marketa Irglova didn't get a chance to say thank you so they let her come back out, which was cool. The film Once was shot in 3 weeks for $100,000. Here's to small independent films and "fair play to those who dare to dream and don't give up."

Just found out Ms. Irglova only just turned 20 years old! Hansard is 38. They are dating.

A random guy playing a cover of Falling Slowly on the street.

Amazing how many covers of this song there are on youtube.

Disappointing from last night was Cate Blanchett's snub as she had two nominations and should have won for her supporting role as Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There." Tilda Swinton had the surprise upset in the category for her role in "Michael Clayton." According to Wikipedia Hansard and Irglova performed a cover of a Dylan song for the "I'm Not There" soundtrack.

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