Hansard and Irglova have been invited to perform their duet Falling Slowly at tomorrow's Oscars, where they have been nominated in the Best Original Song category.Admirers of this charming little film with its unresolved romantic tension may be interested to learn that, while promoting the movie, the stars became an item.Hansard is the co-star of Once, a shoe-string budget feature (made for under £100,000) about an Irish busker and his platonic relationship with a Czech immigrant, played by 19-year-old Marketa Irglova.From extremely humble beginnings ("We never even thought it was going to get released, we just thought we might sell some DVDs after gigs"), it went on to win an award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and become one of the art-house hits of the year, grossing million in its first three months.Their their epic, atmospheric rock, showcased on six studio albums made with such legendary producers as Trevor Horn and Steve Albini, has won them respect - the band are favourites of Hansard's hero, Bob Dylan, who has invited them to support him on tour.But the Frames have never made a significant commercial breakthrough.The real-life romance that blossomed out of Oscar-winning indie "Once" is over.
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"It did become a real relationship," Glen tells the Sydney Morning Herald ahead of their three night run in the Sydney Opera House.
"I think it was just a very natural part of what we were doing together.
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