that glen hansard now has one.
also, i love watching acceptance speeches. my wife, toni, cannot stand acceptance speeches. i argue that this is when those people become human, when slight cracks in the facade appear and we get to peer inside, find out what motivates them, decide whether their actions and words in their moment of glory are a result of being genuinely affected and humbled by the event or are merely presenting further affectations and projections of a calculatingly conceived persona, stuff like that. she says, “no, this is when those people become nervous and incoherent and say stuff they’ll regret, or forget to say stuff that they will then regret not saying. nothing good will come of it and i for one will not participate in such suffering.”
she literally can’t be in the same room as an acceptance speech.
here’s some of what she missed last night during the 80th academy awards ceremony:
marion cottilard, performance by an actress in a leading role: “Oh — thank you so much. Olivier, what you did to me, Maestro Olivier Dahan, you rocked my life. You truly rocked my life… …And — wow. Well, I’m speechless now. I — I — well, I — thank you life, thank you love, and it is true, there is some angels in this city. Thank you so, so much. [mandates an effusive french accent for it to achieve a convincing and effective air.]
daniel day-lewis, performance by an actor in a leading role: “…I’m looking at this gorgeous thing you’ve given me and I’m thinking back to the first devilish whisper of an idea that came to him and everything since and it seems to me that this sprang like a golden sapling out of the mad, beautiful head of Paul Thomas Anderson… [what? this doesn’t even make sense! seriously, this guy is crazy. a golden sapling? this is a hyperbolic positive to the greatest degree. well, actually, the speech was quite good, crazy, but good, just like mr day-lewis.]
glen hansard, achievement in music written for motion pictures (original song): Thanks! This is amazing. What are we doing here? This is mad… …This is amazing. Make art. Make art. Thanks. [except when he said “thanks” it sounded like “tanks”. he’s irish.]
Ethan Coen, adapted screenplay: “We, uh and thank you very much.”
then later… Ethan Coen, achievement in directing: “I don’t have a lot to add to what I said earlier.”
see. now, that is just good television.
i must admit, it was hard to sit through three “enchanted” performances knowing mr. vedder and his musical contributions to “into the wild” had been passed over. but, i’m pretty sure the three “enchanted” songs split the academy votes allowing glen (and marketa irglova) to win. had eddie been in the mix the glen (and marketa irglova) votes would most likely have been split and i am really glad that glen won. he probably wouldn’t have, had eddie been in the mix. so, i’m sure you can see the problem with finding any issue whatsoever with the three “enchanted” songs, as “falling slowly”, from the “once” soundtrack, as performed by glen hansard (and marketa irglova), is just ridiculously beautiful, yes?
oh, and also, john travolta is a scientolgist with an ot (operating thetan) level of V.