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After a painfully boring awards season that dragged on into the late spring, I simply hoped that Yuh-jung Youn would win a statue (opens in new tab) for Best Supporting Actress and maybe we would get some other interesting moment or two. But what could have been a snoozefest actually turned out to have a few genuinely delightful moments. Daniel Kaluuya thanked his parents for having sex: (opens in new tab) "We're breathing, we're walking, it's incredible. My mum, my dad, they had sex, it's amazing, you know what I mean? And I'm here! I'm so happy to be alive!" Plus, Yuh-jung Youn did actually win that Oscar for her performance in Minari and gave a hilarious speech that managed to drag Brad Pitt (“finally, nice to meet you, where were you when we were filming?”) while acknowledging her fellow nominees (I don’t believe in competition, how could I win over Glenn Close?”).
Speaking of Glenn Close, although may have just lost her eighth Oscar–she should have won back in 1989 for Dangerous Liaisons, but that’s neither here nor there–she did prove that she has an encyclopedic knowledge of the “da butt” dance. After a bit where actors played a game where they had to identify songs from movies, Close correctly guessed that '80s bop “Da Butt” was recorded for the School Daze original soundtrack by the band E.U. For those of you unfamiliar with “Da Butt,” there’s a signature dance that goes along with the song where one gyrates their butt to the beat. In an unexpected twist, Close herself bent over and did the butt dance.
GLENN CLOSE DOING "DA BUTT" #Oscars pic.twitter.com/AwhR46pmWXApril 26, 2021
Naturally, Twitter was abuzz almost immediately after the Oscar-nominated actor did her little jig:
What is happening?! pic.twitter.com/orasXAfjnmApril 26, 2021
Oh my god, Glenn Close answering questions about Da Butt is literally my *dream swerve* for this event.April 26, 2021
Glenn Close just won her first Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film #Oscars pic.twitter.com/RgtaFO33UjApril 26, 2021
Ok Glenn Close just booked her ticket to the cookout ... #dabutt #OscarsApril 26, 2021
I did not have Glenn close doing da butt on my Oscar bingo card but here we are.April 26, 2021
I may have just witnessed one of the greatest moments in #Oscars history.#Oscars2021 #GlennClose pic.twitter.com/mAq1kp2VRIApril 26, 2021
Twitter: "This segment sucks just hand out the Oscars."[Glenn Close does "da butt."]Twitter: pic.twitter.com/3XkttqNdrKApril 26, 2021
ok i forgive glenn close for hillybilly ellygyApril 26, 2021
Glenn Close just did da butt on the Oscars is a brand new sentenceApril 26, 2021
People have rightfully noted that she should be honored for her dance moves:
Glenn Close should win a lifetime achievement for this aloneApril 26, 2021
Glenn Close understood the goddamn assignment.April 26, 2021
Also, people just love Glenn Close in general, butt or no butt:
GLENN CLOSE AT ALL TIMES. ALWAYS GLENN CLOSE. MORE GLENN CLOSE ALWAYS. AS SOON AS YOU THINK YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH GLENN CLOSE...NOPE YOU NEED MORE GLENN CLOSEApril 26, 2021
The Academy doesn't deserve Glenn CloseApril 26, 2021
Zoe Guy is the digital fellow at Marie Claire, where she covers pop culture, hot celebrity gossip, movies and TV. She’s obsessed with Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Age of Innocence, anything written by Jesmyn Ward and stan Twitter.
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