A week and a half ago, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova received the Oscar for best original song for "Falling Slowly" from the movie Once. I watched them receive this award, listened to their acceptance speeches, and was so taken with Marketa's that I was going to write a post about it the next day, a post about one phrase in particular from her speech. But I didn't get around to it. Days passed and by then it seemed old news. What happens at the Academy Awards seems to have a short shelf life interest-wise and so if it's not used right away, best not used at all. By the following Friday, I decided to say good-bye to my intended post once and for all. Surely the same thing had already been posted online in numerous places, I thought. So I googled the phrase from her speech that had interested me: "...fair play for those who dare to dream." The result of that and subsequent google searches is a story in and of itself about how that phrase is resonating throughout cyberspace.
Here are the stats. On Friday, February 29, the total number of google links for that phrase was 1,210. The next day, February 30, the total number of links for that phrase had risen to 1,560. By today, March 4, the figure has increased more than eight-fold to 13,600. That phrase, in particular, and their speeches, in general, have really struck a chord. I just can't help but contrast this Oscar phrase with another that sticks in my mind, but for completely differerent reasons. "I'm king of the world," pronounced an Oscar recipient (whose name I can't even remember) about ten (??) years ago as he victoriously raised his golden award, striking a completely different chord.