Glenn Close’s viral ‘Da Butt’ dance at this year’s Oscars ceremony was part of a gloriously scripted moment designed to bring some light relief to the event.
We’re sorry to break it to you, but Close’s seemingly impromptu dance break during the awards ceremony on Sunday night was not as spontaneous as some folks may have thought. For those that were ever in doubt, The L.A. Times has confirmed that Close’s now-infamous ‘Da Butt’ boogie was a scripted part of the show, set up purely to bring a little more entertainment to the event.
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Sure, the Oscar-nominated star may not have taken home the award for her performance as Bonnie “Mamaw” Vance in Hillbilly Elegy, but she did attract plenty of praise for the twerk-tastic moves she unleashed during a game of “name that song” at an interval in Sunday night’s proceedings. Those who were at the event and those who sat at home watching, applauded Close for the manufactured moment.
“I did not have Glenn close doing da butt on my Oscar bingo card but here we are,” tweeted writer Roxane Gay. Twitter’s own Sam Stryker added: “Glenn Close shaking her wagon at the Oscars is *THE* official summer 2021 mood,” while The View co-host Sunny Hostin wrote: “Glenn Close is a national treasure. She needs an Oscar already.”
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Altogether, Close has been nominated eight times for an Academy Award but has not yet scored a statuette. Her first nomination came in 1983 for her supporting role in The World According to Garp, followed by one in 1984 for The Big Chill and 1985 for The Natural. She also appeared in the Best Actress category for her turn in Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs, and The Wife.
This year, Close was in the running for Best Supporting Actress alongside Maria Bakalova, Olivia Colman, Amanda Seyfried, and Youn Yuh-jung, who ultimately picked up the award for her performance in Minari, and, in doing so, became the first Korean actress to win the Oscar. Her win came from one of six Oscar nominations for Minari at the 2021 Academy Awards.
Hillbilly Elegy, on the other hand, received two nominations — one in the formerly mentioned Best Supporting Actress category and the other for makeup and hairstyling — though it didn’t win either. IGN’s review of Hillbilly Elegy raised an issue with the movie’s structure, noting how the free-flowing nature of the Ron Howard drama made it seem like the film was “afraid to land anywhere for too long.”
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For more coverage of the 93rd Academy Awards, check out the full list of Oscars winners, find out how Chloé Zhao made history with her Best Director win, listen in on Anthony Hopkins’ tribute to Chadwick Boseman in his Best Actor Oscar acceptance speech, and pull up a chair for Harrison Ford’s mini roast of Blade Runner during his presentation slot at the show.