"Falling Slowly" Ineligible for Oscar?

Oh no. The Carpetbagger is reporting that "Falling Slowly," the gorgeous theme song from Once, may be ruled ineligible by the Academy, even though it has already been nominated for Best Original Song.

The Academy rule states: "An original song consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film."

"Falling Slowly" appeared on The Frames' album The Cost, which was released in February '07 (several months before the release of Once), and also on The Swell Season's self titled album in August '06. Both bands included writer/stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

The music branch will meet on Monday to decide the song's fate.

This song deserves the award, there is no question. And now are the Academy fuddy-duddies going to continue to prove their irrelevance, after the 4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days debacle, and their sudden decision to disqualify the excellent scores to There Will Be Blood, Into the Wild, and Enchanted?

If there is any way for them to possibly fuck up even more than they already have, it looks like they're determined to find it.


Anonymous said…
If that happens, I mean "Falling Slowly" being disqualified, I will have a nervous breakdown. It is THE best song nominated this year and without it being represented on Oscar night, who will win? Not a song that deserves to win, I'll tell you that.

This year is getting a little ridiculous if you ask me.

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