M : Marketa Irglova’s Oscar Speech

Last year, when the Longs invited us to their Oscar party, Kevin told me he wouldn’t go.  No reason.  Just wouldn’t.  So, I went by myself and we started travelling in different directions.

I didn’t think much of that decision because I was used to doing things on my own anyway.  Something was a bit different about that decision though, it came with a fight and some fireworks which was not the norm.  As the Oscars approached this year I started to think of that decision for what it really was: the beginning of the end.  I was a bit sad about my revelation until I noticed what a happier person I now was, compared to the same time last year.  And that was before any split.

The party was like the control group of a scientific study, consisting of the same group as last year.  I conducted some diagnostic tests on myself in between making snarky comments on celebrity faces.  How am I with this?  Am I ok?  It turned out I was pretty great.  I thought again, as I had many times since the day in September when I woke up and felt happy, that this is an opportunity.

Our little group was pretty jazzed when Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won the Academy Award for Best Song but I felt crushed when the orchestra gave them the hook before Marketa had the chance to say anything.  Jon Stewart, however, decided to restore my faith in humanity and brought her back out to accept her award in a proper fashion, with talking.  What a cool moment.  I was so proud of her and inspired by the way she really went for it.  She did not waste her opportunity. 

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.

One thought on “M : Marketa Irglova’s Oscar Speech

  1. Thank GOD that speech wasn’t wasted – it was so inspiring! And can you imagine if Jon made a huge deal to get her back up there to say her bit and all she had to say was “Thank you, Tom, Dick and Harry – and oh! also thank you mom….”

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