The 93rd Annual Academy Awards were interesting, to say the least, but there's one moment the internet can collectively agree was the best: Glenn Close's knowledge of "Da Butt."
After two-and-a-half hours of a mostly snooze-worthy telecast, Lil Rel Howery did a segment where he went around and asked stars in the audience whether they could name Oscar-nominated songs from the past. While actors Daniel Kaluuya and Andra Day were great participants, it was Close who stole the show.
When Questlove, the Oscars DJ, played Experience Unlimited's "Da Butt," the 74-year-old actress knew the song right away. (The tune appeared on the original soundtrack to Spike Lee's School Daze.)
Glenn Close knows her stuff! 💃 #Oscarspic.twitter.com/dMtqxrvqrf
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) April 26, 2021
"Wait a second… I know, that's 'Da Butt!'" Close said. "'Da Butt' was a classic song by the great Washington, D.C., go-go band E.U. So, shout-outs to Sugar Bear and the whole backyard band… I remember this, so Spike Lee had it written for his brilliant movie, School Daze. And my friends at the Oscars, um, missed it, and it wasn't nominated so it couldn't have won which I think is just an eff'in tragedy."
Close then got up and did the "Da Butt" move — and it was the GIF seen around the world.
Glenn Close, everyone! #Oscarspic.twitter.com/akwOxvRS6s
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) April 26, 2021
Did not have Glenn Close doing Da Butt and knowing as much as she did about the song on the 2021 Oscar bingo card https://t.co/yJr9b6UWIV
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 26, 2021
Glenn Close just did da butt on the Oscars is a brand new sentence
— 🟣 Wiffy Mountbatten (@wyntermitchell) April 26, 2021
Glenn Close just won her first Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film #Oscarspic.twitter.com/RgtaFO33Uj
— Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi) April 26, 2021
I am deceased, because Glenn Close just killed me. Just bury me somewhere nice, y’all… 💀💀💀⚰️🪦 #oscarspic.twitter.com/2X36XXWSAU
— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 26, 2021
me watching glenn close aka my hero pic.twitter.com/8qpRhgnN2T
— Aubrey Plaza (@evilhag) April 26, 2021
So #GlennClose is #ICONIC Thank you for watching #Oscars
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) April 26, 2021
I think we can all agree Glenn Close knowing so much about Da Butt will go down in history as one of the best unplanned moments in #Oscars history pic.twitter.com/112WB3ckzs
— Adam Wells (@TheAdamWells) April 26, 2021
Listen, be iconic & you’ll stay iconic. #GlennClose#Oscarspic.twitter.com/THz3chjTuf
— Jennifer Chung ✨✌️ (@JenniferJChung) April 26, 2021
While Close won over social media with her dance skills, she made some unfortunate history, too. The Hillbilly Elegy actress was nominated for her eighth acting Oscar on Sunday but tied Peter O'Toole's record for the most acting nominations without a win. But who cares! Winning over social media is a bigger feat these days.
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