Glenn Close is setting the record straight about her viral moment at the 93rd Academy Awards. During the film industry’s most prestigious event, Close made headlines — and it’s not for something you’d ever expect. During the award ceremony, comedian and actor Lil Rel Howery quizzed attendees about songs that may or may not have been nominated for an Oscar award in the past.
After Close correctly answered Experience Unlimited’s “Da Butt” she then had to whip out her moves. “Da Butt” was featured in Spike Lee’s 1988 film School Daze, but did not receive an Oscar nomination. The day after the ceremony, Close took to Instagram to explain that her interaction with Howery was scripted. Yet, the unprompted dance moves were totally unexpected.
Glenn Close Tells All
The Hillbilly Elegy star also shared a photo of herself sitting at her Oscars’ table alongside Chris Terrio, Darrell Britt-Gibson, and Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya. In the post, she revealed the details about how it all went down.
“I knew that Lil Rel was going to quiz me about ‘Da Butt’ and all three guys helped me run through what I was to say,” she explained. “Darrell insisted that I mention the Backyard Band, on top of E.U., Suga Bear, and the whole DMV. I had googled ‘Da Butt’ and watched Spike’s music video so when Lil Rel asked if I could do the dance…you can actually see me think of the video.”
She added, “That part was completely spontaneous. Daniel, Darrell and Chris egged me on!” The veteran actress concluded her post by congratulating her fellow tablemate, Kaluuya, on winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah.
“It was ALL their fault. CONGRATULATIONS DANIEL on your BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Oscar,” she wrote. “You are completely brilliant. I now consider both Daniel and Darrell to be friends-for-life!”
Close, who’s been up for an Academy Award eight times, was nominated for Best-Supporting Actress for her role in Hillbilly Elegy. Close lost in her category to Minari actress Youn Yuh-Jung. During her acceptance speech, Yuh-Jung gave Close a shoutout.
“How can I win over Glenn Close? I’ve been watching her so many performances,” Yuh-Jung said of her fellow supporting actress nominee. “So this is just, all the nominees, five nominees, we are the winners for the different movies. We play the different roles, so we cannot compete each other.”
“I think I have just a little bit of luck, I think. Maybe I’m luckier than you, and also maybe it’s American hospitality for the Korean actor? I’m not sure,” she added.