Every year, the Academy Awards has a moment or two that has people talking about the next day. Last night’s moment was when Jon Stewert brought Best Original Song co-writer Marketa Irglova back onto the stage after a commercial break so she could deliver her acceptance speech. Irgglova had just won the award a few minutes earlier for penning the song “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once, but she and co-writer Glen Hansard were played off the stage after Hansard said a few words, but before Irglova could.
Stewert, in a really classy move, brought Irglova back out on stage after the commercial break, where she delivered a beautiful speech that regardless of how she got on stage to deliver it, was a highlight in itself.
In case you missed it, here is the text of her speech, plus the whole moment on video-
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.