'Once' song green-lighted for Oscars nomination

The song 'Falling Slowly' from the Irish film 'Once' has been passed for inclusion on the Oscars nominations list, according to a report in today's New York Times.

The song 'Falling Slowly' from the Irish film 'Once' has been passed for inclusion on the Oscars nominations list, according to a report in today's New York Times.

The song - penned by The Frames frontman Glen Hansard and 'Once' co-star Marketa Irglova - had been uncertain of entry after questions were raised over whether it had been written specifically for the film.

Now, members of the executive committee of the music branch of the Academy have decided that the song was in fact eligible and would be on ballots to be sent out tomorrow morning.

According to a statement, the committee "relied on written assurances and detailed chronologies provided by the songwriter of 'Falling Slowly', the writer-director of 'Once' and Fox Searchlight in reaching its decision".

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