New York Times’ Dave Carr has an article that suggests the Academy Awards might deem “Falling Slowly”, the beautiful song from Once, ineligible:
The original song category for the Oscars has already hit its share of clanky notes, what with none of Eddie Vedder’s breathtaking songs for “Into the Wild” making the cut. And now comes quiet word that “Falling Slowly,” the achingly pretty song from “Once” written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, may be ruled ineligible. The Bagger has been making some calls and there are indications that that the song, which is up against three, count ’em three, songs from “Enchanted” in addition to “Raise It Up” from “August Rush,” may have some problems with eligibility requirements. Post nominations, this tempest could set the teapot to boiling.
The relevant language from the Academy rules suggests: “An original song consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film.” (bold is theirs)
It is unclear how “Falling Slowly” may have run afoul of those rules, but the music branch of the Academy branch will be looking into the matter on Monday with a decision to follow soon after.
Considering that: a) “Slowly” is by far the most deserving song nominated, and an absolute gem of a song in any consideration; b) The Acadatards already deemed Jonny Greenwood’s score ineligible last week to may boos; c) Doing this so late in the game is a mind-boggling “why didn’t they fucking decide this months ago” decision, and actually skews voting (How many people voted for Greenwood and what else would have been nominated had people actually had the opportunity to vote for eligible films?)
I strongly advise the Academy to keep “Slowly” in on Monday for those reasons, and because after 4 Months, Persepolis and Greenwood, I wonder if many can take much more organized douchebaggery.