Frames guitarist wins Oscar

Glen Hansard celebrates in Los Angeles after taking Best Song

Frames guitarist Glen Hansard has won this year’s Oscar for Best Song.

Hansard, who began his musical career busking in Dublin aged 13, picked up the award at the ceremony in Los Angeles last night (February 24).

The guitarist won the Academy Award for ‘Falling Slow’ from the film ‘Once’. The song was co-written with Czech singer Marketa Irglova.


Accepting his award, Hansard told the audience: “This is mad. We made this film two years ago. We shot on two handycams. It took us three weeks to make. 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.”

The other music prize was won by Dario Marianelli, who claimed the Best Score prize for his work on ‘Atonement’.

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