The song, “Falling Slowly,” appeared on two albums before the movie came out — a big no-no for the Academy — but the question is, was it written for the movie specifically and then ended up on the CDs as the film made its slow way to release?
My reaction: This is the dumbest fucking...this has been common knowledge for MONTHS, ever since Once began being discussed as an Oscar hopeful. There is NO WAY the Academy went and vetted the songs they vetted and approved the songs they approved and wasn't presented with these concerns. It was a frontrunner for the nomination. What kind of slack-ass vetting process do they have if they declined to make a ruling until after the nominations? This is the Oscars. They happen once a year. What the hell else do these people have to do? Idiots.