Wicklow resident and Irish citizen Daniel Day-Lewis won his second Oscar for best actor for his role in There Will Be Blood. The Frames lead singer Glen Hansard shared with his Czech partner Marketa Irglova the prize for best original song in a movie — Falling Slowly —from John Carney’s musical Once.
Hansard and Irglova were cheered loudly when their win was announced. They have clearly seized the opportunity to make their mark on Hollywood.
It was refreshing to see that he did not forget his roots in the moment of triumph. His mother was there to share the moment, and her bubbling exuberance was apparent for all. Glen’s perfunctory few words in Irish — Go raibh mile maith agat — were a tasteful and timely reminder to everyone that he comes from Ireland. Young Saoirse Ronan did not lift the Oscar on the night, but she, too, was a real winner. This country has produced some of the world’s best writers, and the phenomenal success of the tiny film industry reinforces the need for the Government to provide real investment in Irish films.