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Too often Oscar winners are rudely played off. Well, not this time. They brought back Marketa Irglova to give the speech she didn’t get a chance to give. Wonderful move, AMPAS.

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  1. My favorite moment.

  2. Totally, THE BEST moment I’ve seen EVER (not that I’ve been watching it that long)

  3. Alison Flynn

    Yeah, this was a totally cool moment. Nice job, AMPAS.

  4. Totally agree, Sasha! Not only was it great that they let her back on, but she made it worthwhile!

  5. Agreed – highlight of the night for sure!

  6. I concur, what a classy move on their part.

  7. Not only classy, but Marketa actually had something heartfelt to say. I totally agree, Sasha, the best moment of the night.

  8. I agree 100%.

  9. Yup, totally agree.. I wonder how much of it was AMPAS and how much was John Stewart? The orchestra started playing after Glen spoke and just decided to walk off, but there was a delay because they did stop playing for a second but she was already too far away. This was a brilliant move and the best moment of the night, especially since Marketa RARELY gets to do any talking and she had a great speech. This was definitely my favorite Oscar awards ceremony in many MANY years.

  10. A memorable moment in Oscar history!

  11. Ryan Adams

    I’ve said before, but it bears repeating:

    I can’t believe Tilda Swinton forgot to thank Mephistopheles.

  12. Tulse Luper

    Jon Stewart’s best moment of the night. What a class act. I hate that damn orchestra.

  13. It was very emotional moment. I am a little bit sick of one of award winners hijacking the microphone for too long to realise that it is a team award and let the other winner speak. I kept waiting for Glen Hansard to introduce her to the audience and let her speak. Bringing her back made this year’s awards a great experience.

  14. I started getting teary while they were singing, and was again when they were announced as the winners. But when they let Marketa come back out there, I just lost it. I’ve been watching the Oscars since I was 12 (almost 20 years now), and I have NEVER seen anything like that. Just typing this is getting me choked up again.

  15. It is hard to believe that she is only 20 years old.

  16. I was astonished when the orchestra interupted her acceptance speech.
    But I applauded when Stewart brought her back out.
    It was an indeed classy moment!

  17. I agree. They were killing me tonight with all these lovely speeches (I cried quite a bit…damn you, Javier!…call me?), but Marketa was the absolute stand out. Brava!

  18. Mar gave a classy speech. You go, Girl!

  19. Adam, I agree. Their song performance was lovely and I was also teary eyed. Beautiful movie and a beautiful song.

  20. That was absolutely amazing. I could not believe it – teary eyed over here too.

    What a magical night – I’d say anyway

  21. Yes, it is interesting as to whether it was Jon Stewart who made the decision or producer Gil Cates to bring Marketa back on stage.

  22. Mordecai1908

    I think that was all Stewart, that AMPAS had nothing to do with it, and God bless Stewart for it. And see, the show still ended ahead of schedule. Good, emotional, heartfelt speeches need not drag the show into oblivion.

  23. Pierre de Plume

    Edward Douglas’s take is right on. The orchestra didn’t interrupt Marketa but simply started up when Hansard was done. By the time the musicians stopped for her, she and Hansard were already leaving the stage. Stewart must’ve been in the vicinity of them backstage right afterwards and overheard them. It was great to see her return — the crowd loved them, and their performance of the song was just great.

    Switching the order of the awards seems to have improved the pace of the show during the first two-thirds. But it was odd that two of the most suspenseful categories — the actresses — occurred so early.

    During Cotillard’s backstage interview, broadcast on “E,” one reporter asked her to sing (she’s a singer!) a Piaf song that best described her feelings right now, so she did a few bars of Paddam Paddam Paddam. She was great. Her campaigning really paid off for her, and deservedly so.

    I’m glad for Swinton but wish she’d won for a better-written role.

    Kristin Chenowith sure chewed up the scenery during her musical number from Enchanted.

    Jon Stewart seemed looser (and better) this time around.

  24. Mr. Gittes

    It was actually Colin Farrell that asked the shows producers if Marketa could go back on-stage and say her speech. Classy move, Mr. Farrell.

  25. I have said it before and I will say it again- Ethan Coen is totally adorable. But I feel bad for Roderick Jaynes’ loss.

  26. dela – yeah, it’s the winners fault, not the showrunners for assuming that we care more about their endless montages and bad pre-written introductions than the winners.

  27. Anderton, in ideal world winners would be allowed to speak without any interruptions, but when they walk on the podium all of them do know that they only have a certian amount of time. But, why not be considerate about your partner. I realise that this is biggest moment of their life and the same is true about their partner.
    As for the clips and montages, they were tedious, long and boring. Worst part of the show. Why did we have to suffer through those long clips before acting award presentations?
    At the very least, the producers should give each individual person not a category certain amount of time. Such as, if two people happen to win an award then their speech time should be doubled.

  28. Yeah, that was really great cause even during the speech they realized she should be allowed to talk and they quickly cut off the music but at that time she was already walking away.

    And is it just me or did it seem like Once was getting the biggest applause of the night, really well-deserved (I think it was easily one of the best films of the year) but I wish all that support had been there earlier and transfered to more nominations.

  29. I hope this didn’t cause any relationship problems between Glen and Marketa. Ha.

  30. lol Zach. I hope too. But you never know.

  31. Sam Juliano

    Beautifully and eloquently expressed there Pierre! You said it all and with every luscious detail.
    “Falling Slowly’s” win was the HIGHLIGHT of the night and one of Oscars greatest moments ever. And I stand by my comment of weeks ago that the song is one of the very BEST song winners in history. A song perfectly expressed and piercingly delivered– a coda of aspirations, dreams and undying confidence–the very essence of struggling artists reaching eternal bliss. The execution of the song by Hansard and Irglova with that atmospheric backdrop of dangling musical instruments made that special moments one for the record books.
    Of course Ms. Cotillard’s moment at the podium was the second most glorious segment of the show.
    Otherwise, not a remarkable show, with a rather lame host and a preponderance of clips that were hardly revelatory, but “Falling Slowly” was worth the entire telecast. Looking over all the song winners through the years, which ones can you honestly say stand with it in its utter perfectly, lyrical felicity and melodic bliss?

  32. The time given to winners thank-you speeches was embarassingly short this year. The conductor should also have some sense to not rudely cut people off.

    Here’s what they should cut out if they want to save time: those cheesey canned comedy bits that every presenter is forced to rattle off.

  33. Agreed. I was so thrilled they did this. A very classy move indeed.

  34. This is definately the Best Moment of the night!!! I was so high to hear that “Falling Slowly” won. Certainly nothing can top that….
    Congrate to all!!!

  35. What a lovely moment it was. That rather made my Oscar night :)

  36. Alison Flynn

    There were a few moments where I applauded and shouted tonight. This was one of them. The other times were: Marty reading Joel and Ethan Coen for Director, Denzel reading No Country for Old Men for BP and Forest Whitaker reading Marion Cotillard’s name.

    I was thrilled about Javier and Daniel Day-Lewis, but I knew that those were the names that would be read. I wasn’t sure about Marion and I was fearing upsets in the top 2 categories.

  37. Pierre de Plume

    Sam, I think you’re right about “Falling Slowly” being one of the very best in Oscar history. For sure it’s in the top 20, or higher depending on one’s taste for older, lighter songs. Here’s the complete list of winners:

    1934: “The Continental” from The Gay Divorcee
    1935: “Lullaby of Broadway” from Gold Diggers of 1935
    1936: “The Way You Look Tonight” from Swing Time
    1937: “Sweet Leilani” from Waikiki Wedding
    1938: “Thanks for the Memory” from The Big Broadcast of 1938
    1939: “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz
    1940: “When You Wish upon a Star” from Pinocchio
    1941: “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from Lady Be Good
    1942: “White Christmas” from Holiday Inn
    1943: “You’ll Never Know” from Hello, Frisco, Hello
    1944: “Swinging on a Star” from Going My Way
    1945: “It Might As Well Be Spring” from State Fair
    1946: “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe”
    1947: “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Song of the South
    1948: “Buttons and Bows” from The Paleface
    1949: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from Neptune’s Daughter
    1950: “Mona Lisa” from Captain Carey, U.S.A.
    1951: “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” from Here Comes the Groom
    1952: “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’)” from High Noon
    1953: “Secret Love” from Calamity Jane
    1954: “Three Coins in the Fountain” from Three Coins in the Fountain
    1955: “Love Is a Many-Spendored Thing” from Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
    1956: “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)” from The Man Who Knew Too Much
    1957: “All The Way” from The Joker Is Wild
    1958: “Gigi” from Gigi
    1959:”High Hopes” from A Hole in the Head
    1960: “Never On Sunday” from Never on Sunday
    1961: “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    1962: “Days of Wine and Roses”
    1963: “Call Me Irresponsible” from Papa’s Delicate Condition
    1964: “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins
    1965: “The Shadow of Your Smile” from The Sandpiper
    1966: “Born Free” from Born Free
    1967: “Talk to the Animals” from Doctor Dolittle
    1968: “The Windmills of Your Mind” from The Thomas Crown Affair
    1969: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    1970: “For All We Know” from Lovers and Other Strangers
    1971: “Theme from Shaft” from Shaft
    1972: “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure
    1973: “The Way We Were” from The Way We Were
    1974: “We May Never Love Like This Again”
    1975: “I’m Easy” from Nashville
    1976: “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)” from A Star Is Born
    1977: “You Light Up My Life” from You Light Up My Life
    1978: “Last Dance” from Thank God It’s Friday
    1979: “It Goes Like It Goes” from Norma Rae
    1980: “Fame” from Fame
    1981: “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” from Arthur
    1982: “Up Where We Belong” from An Officer and a Gentleman
    1983: “Flashdance…What a Feeling” from Flashdance
    1984: “I Just Called To Say I Love You”
    1985: “Say You, Say Me” from White Nights
    1986: “Take My Breath Away” from Top Gun
    1987: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing
    1988: “Let the River Run” from Working Girl
    1989: “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid
    1990: “Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man)” from Dick Tracy
    1991: “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast
    1992: “A Whole New World” from Aladdin
    1993: “Streets of Philadelphia” from Philadelphia
    1994: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King
    1995: “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas
    1996: “You Must Love Me” from Evita
    1997: “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic
    1998: “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt
    1999: “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Tarzan
    2000: “Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys
    2001: “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc.
    2002: “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile
    2003: “Into the West” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    2004: “Al Otro Lado Del Río” from The Motorcycle Diaries
    2005: “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow
    2006: “I Need to Wake Up” from An Inconvenient Truth
    2007: “Falling Slowly” from Once

  38. Can anybody confirm if Marketa Irglova is the youngest nominee/winner in her category?

  39. Agreed, although I have a feeling it was all Stewart’s decision.

  40. Of course this means that the NEXT time to play in New York, it will probably be at Madison Square Garden… *sigh*

  41. davidpnyc

    Yes, that was a classy move. And unprecedented too, I believe.

  42. My favourite moment was when I found my new plasma tv wasn’t wide enough during the film retrospective of the 79 previous Best Picture winners. When the best picture winner of 2005 came up it was listed as “RASH.” Loved it!

  43. CERTAINLY THE BEST MOMENT!

    And the song has that feeling that could go on and on over the years as a recognizable film song. I really appreciate the speech that Marketa gave because the show really lacks a true feeling. That’s why I also loved Diablo Cody’s very emotional reaction.

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  45. Sam Juliano

    Pierre: Really nice move sending on that list of the Best Song winners! This does confirm what I posed about FALLING SLOWLY being among the best winners. The most infamous of all the winners? You got it.
    2005–IT’S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP…Hustle and Flow. The Oscars have rarely stooped as low as that. But happily this year it was all reversed.

  46. As an Irish person watching in Dublin at 3am, it was such a high to see them win and then when Marketa got the chance to come back out on the stage… well, everyone in our place started to get a little misty-eyed and emotional…

    It’s such a far cry from the dark days of ‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Titanic’ winning everything to this year’s Oscars being all about the little guy and the indie movies. Well done, AMPAS, and well done Jon Stewart, or Colin Farrell, or Gil Cates or whoever was involved.

    And fair play to Marketa herself, I’m sure it wasn’t easy to get back on the stage and do that all by herself…

  47. I’m happy Marketa won and was given another chance, but you can’t just play favorites about who gets more speaking time. What about the several other winners last night who were played off or had their mic cut off? These people have waited all their lives for this moment. But Marketa gets extra time because she’s a cute girl and everyone loves the song? The whole thing is embarrassing and insulting.

  48. they really do need to cut out some of the stupid segments and let the winners talk more. we have said this for years, but it seems it never changes.

  49. Sam,
    I have to disagree re: “It’s Hard Out Here (For a Pimp).” While it’s not a fantastic song out of context, its use in the film to define character, emotion, situation, and the process of writing & producing was brilliant. I started watching “Hustle & Flow” with a lot of skepticism regarding that song’s nomination, but ended up rooting for it to win.

    My pick for worst choice? “You’ll Be in My Heart” beating Magnolia’s “Save Me,” Toy Story 2’s “When She Loved Me” and South Park’s “Blame Canada.”

    For those detractors who repeat every year that the song category needs to be cut: While it’s true that the music branch gets a lot wrong on the nominations side, here are three pieces of evidence that the category is still relevant:
    1995 – “It’s Hard Out Here (For a Pimp)”
    1996 – “I Need to Wake Up”
    1997 – “Falling Slowly”

    Brian

  50. Susan Thea Posnock

    It was a lovely moment, but I wish the same courtesy could be extended to the other winners who were cut off. The reason I think the show is bloated isn’t the acceptance speeches, it’s the montages.

    Also, was the sound out of sync for more than half the broadcast, or was it just the television I was watching on? This drove me NUTS and I had to stop looking at people’s mouths when they were speaking. It was like the Oscars had turned into a badly dubbed Godzilla film.

  51. Sam Juliano

    Brian: you make a good point to back up your sentiments, but for me a song should also be able to stand on its own to some degree. That song (which shocked everyone by winning) revulsed every single awards-roundup person the morning after the awards, including some legitimate film critics. As to the rhythm, flow and temperament of the song, well let’s just say it isn’t my cup of tea.
    I respect your position, but let’s just say we’ll have to agree to disagree. It remains the worst song in history to win, and those other bad songs you mentioned from TOY STORY and SOUTH PARK are far better.
    Just my opinion of course.

  52. Sam Juliano, If you listen to contempoary music at all, Falling Slowly works perfectly out of context. It’s a beautiful song in and outside the film.

  53. I spent an hour last night trying to find a solid email address to email kudos to the director and producer of the telecast. (I eventually settled on AMPAS’s general contact address.) What was a disappointing faux pas did turn into the night’s best moment.

    I went to the Bloor Cinema in Toronto to watch the Oscars. When Marketa reached the mic and the music started, the loud, spontaneous, sincere and heartfelt “awwwww” of 300 people filled the room. How bad did we feel for her? Their win was the best of the night. I had goosebumps and near tears when hearing their names and seeing their reactions. This win, THIS is so much of what the Oscars are “all about”.

    “They should let her back on!!!”, I grumbled to friends as we commiserated and complained to one another during the commercial break. “Ya, well it ain’t gonna happen” we concurred in disappointed resolve.

    Classy!

  54. Demetrius

    May I say that listening to So Close all over again brought me to tears that I fought off through one full commercial break, before having to excuse myself from the room to compose myself.

  55. The guy singing So Close was.. HAWT HAWT HAWT if I wasnt married to Javier, I’d wrap him up and take him home!

  56. The song winning was a great moment for the Irish -(you dont often hear Gaeilge at the Oscars -‘go raibh mile maith agat’- is that a first?) and also DDL (we’ve kinda adopted him)

  57. I was ENRAGED when they cut her off. When I saw her come back out, I started to cry. I was so damn happy for her. Well-deserved.

  58. Does the song work out of context?? Of course it does! It’s got about 30 playcounts in my iTunes library alone (i.e. not even counting iPod, listening in the car, etc.) because I’ve immersed myself in the song for what it is. Half the time I forget where it falls in the movie because I’m just listening to the the notes.

    After Glen finished and Marketa went up to speak, but the orchestra started to play, did anybody else notice a glimmer of disappointment in her eyes? I kind of felt they said to me: “Oh, well, I was going to speak, but we’ve won and I can’t believe we’re here and not everything can be perfect.” But THEN, when the conductor saw she wanted to speak, I thought the orchestra STOPPED — maybe I imagined it, but I thought I heard them pause. But they had already started to walk away. So they restarted the piece. If anybody TiVo’d it can they check that?

    Anyway, when she came back I was thrilled. Yay whoever enacted this.

  59. You didn’t imagine it, it stuck out like a sore thumb when the orchestra struck up again.

    Not enough detail for eye glimmer but the rest is all here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck_c40EdLFE

  60. my favourite moment, too. That’s gotta be one of those instances that’ll be included in Oscar flashbacks for years to come.

  61. Haroldsmaude

    not that this is the People magazine blog or anything, but are Glen and Marketa a couple? I don’t follow these things but I thought they weren’t.

    any I totally agree with the comments here – the singing of “Falling Slowly” as the best moment was eclipsed only by their winning the Oscar, until Jon Stewart brought Marketa back. Truly wonderful; truly memorable.

  62. OK, not to downplay their win, but it was (1) not the best win of the night (come on, compare the momentousness of the win to that of Marion Cotillard for a brilliant but foreign-language performance), and (2) not among the very best song winners ever.

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