This – the fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this – it’s just to prove, no matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible.
And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up.
— Marketa Irglova, star and songwriter, “Falling Slowly”, from the movie “Once”. 2008 Oscar winner for Best Original Song, with Glen Hansard.
Check out the BBC story for full text of her speech and Glen’s as well. Beautiful and stirring stuff.
And thanks to Jon Stewart for making sure Marketa was able to come back on stage to make that speech. It was too awkward to be pre-arranged 🙂