I'll admit I'm a huge fan of the Oscars. Not because I like to dish about what people are wearing, or who George Clooney brings (although I did like Jon Stewart's joke about how, during commercials, the people in the auditorium make catty comments to each other about what you and I are wearing). I love the Oscars because it tries to showcase movie-making at its best. Sometimes the Academy misses the boat, but not often, in my opinion.
Last night was a really wonderful ceremony. Four foreign winners of the acting categories, huge wins for the Coen brothers' "No Country For Old Men" (I am SO hoping the movie is as good as the book), and a really warm ceremony; how many times did Jon Stewart say "Amazing?"
But the best moment of the night for me was the announcement of "Falling Slowly" for song of the year. The warm reception provided to the stars of the movie echoed our own reaction to this great little film. I was SO happy "Falling Slowly" won (if for no other reason than it beat out the THREE Disney nominations - nuts to the Evil Empire), and even happier that Jon Stewart asked Marketa Irglova to come back out and finish her acceptance speech. Classy, that.
Anyway, consider this one last plug for "Once:" it's a great movie and well worth your time. Here's the song again, just in case you need a bit more convincing: