Frames frontman relieved song is back in Oscar running

The Frames frontman Glen Hansard today revealed his relief that he is back in contention for an Oscar.

The Frames frontman Glen Hansard today revealed his relief that he is back in contention for an Oscar.

The artist said he is really excited about having the track 'Falling Slowly', co-written by with Marketa Irglova, back in the nomination list.

The song, from the Irish movie 'Once', was nominated for the Best Original Song in the prestigious award ceremony.

But the eligibility of the track was probed by Oscar officials who were unclear as to whether it had been written specifically for the film, as the rules demand.

Hansard, who also stars in the film with Irglova, was in Dublin when he got the call from the Academy’s Charles Bernstein late on Monday night.

“We’re really happy that the Academy have come back with this decision,” he said today.

“And we’re really excited about going forward from here.”

The singer songwriter boarded a plane to the US this morning, where he will remain until after the Oscar ceremony on February 15.

Falling Slowly first appeared on an album recorded by the Hansard and Irglova in April 2006, and was later re-recorded for The Frames’ last album 'The Cost'.

However, the song was filmed for 'Once' four months before it publicly appeared on any album.

The movie was shot in Dublin in January 2006 over a 17-day period.

Mr Bernstein said the committee needed to address whether the song was written specifically for the the film, and if it had been played prior to the inclusion in the film.

The Academy’s Music Branch Executive Committee said it endorsed the validity of 'Falling Slowly' as a nominated achievement after relying on written assurances and detailed chronologies provided by the songwriters of 'Falling Slowly', the writer/director of 'Once' and Fox Searchlight.

“The genesis of the picture was unusually protracted, but director John Carney and songwriter Glen Hansard were working closely together in 2002 when the project that became 'Once' was first discussed.

“Falling Slowly began to be composed, but the actual script and financing for the picture were delayed for several years, during which time Mr Hansard and his collaborator Marketa Irglova played the songs in some European venues.

“Such previous uses were deemed local enough and minor enough to be inconsequential to the song’s eligibility.”

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