Hansard felt 'like a plumber at a flower show' at Oscars

Ireland's latest Oscar winner Glen Hansard has said today that he felt a little bit out of place at last night's lavish ceremony.

Ireland's latest Oscar winner Glen Hansard has said today that he felt a little bit out of place at last night's lavish ceremony.

Hansard and his girlfriend Marketa Irglova won the Best Original Song award for 'Falling Slowly' from the film 'Once'.

“We made it for a hundred grand. We never thought we would come into a room like this and be in front of you people. It’s been an amazing thing. Thanks for taking this film seriously, all of you,” he said.

Later Hansard described exactly how out of place he felt as he partied in Los Angeles: “I feel a bit like a plumber at a flower show,” he told RTÉ Radio.

He also said he had received a good luck text from U2 star Bono just before the ceremony.

“He was just saying like we are all rooting for you. For me it was just like getting a text off the king of the tribe ... that’s just brilliant.”

The singer turned actor and his co-star Irglova ran out of time during their acceptance speech and were hurried off the stage, but in a moment of generosity compere Jon Stewart ensured a departure from the tight schedule and Irglova was later allowed back on to say thanks.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

Carlow teenager Saoirse Ronan, who achieved widespread acclaim for her role in 'Atonement', missed out on the best supporting actress award with the honour going to British star Tilda Swinton for her portrayal of a ruthless corporate lawyer in the movie 'Michael Clayton'.

Simon Perry, chief executive of Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board, said the success of 'Once' was astounding.

“For 'Once' to actually win is a mark of recognition like no other - particularly for a film made with no pretensions,” Mr Perry said.

“Both this award and the fitting Independent Spirit award finish what has been an astounding year for a small Irish film.”

Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Seamus Brennan said the Oscar winners were a wonderful boost to the film industry.

“I am delighted to see that Irish film making and talent has once again been recognised at the Oscars ceremony,” the minister said.

“This is wonderful news for the Irish film-making community and a recognition for the talent pool that is there across a number of disciplines.”

The minister also congratulated Saoirse Ronan for her nomination saying it was great recognition of enormous talent and ability.

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