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OSCARS 2008 UK / Ireland

Once upon an Oscar

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After winning six Oscars, the British film industry is understandably elated.

UKFC CEO John Woodward said, “British film talent has once again been recognised by the biggest awards ceremony in the world so congratulations to all the winners. It’s a tribute to the vibrancy of our industry that filmmakers have been recognised in categories ranging from visual effects to costume design, animated film, make-up and of course best actor and supporting actress.

Ireland too had reason to celebrate with Daniel Day Lewis (who holds joint British/Irish citizenship) winning the Best Actor Oscar and “Falling Slowly” from Once [+see also:
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, written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, winning Best Song. Once also won Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards.

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Irish Film Board CEO Simon Perry said, “America and the Academy already smiled warmly on Irish talents with five nominations, but for Once to actually win is a mark of recognition like no other – particularly for a film made with no pretensions. Both this award and the fitting Independent Spirit award finish what has been as astounding year for a small Irish film.”

Irglova said “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; fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. 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.”

Irish Minister for Arts Séamus Brennan said, “All involved in the funding and making of Once, especially the Irish Film Board, deserve our fullest congratulations and gratitude for having the foresight to realise the potential of this simple yet captivating story.”

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