Glenn Close may still be lacking an acting Oscar, but the veteran performer still had her moment in the spotlight at the 2021 Oscars.
Close’s performance in “Hillbilly Elegy” lost out in the Supporting Actress category to Youn Yuh-Jung (“Minari”), but the actress had one of the funnier moments of the night during a sketch featuring actor Lil Rel Howery and master of ceremonies Questlove.
Howery hosted a trivia game in which he asked nominees if a piece of music had either won an Oscar, been nominated for one, or hadn’t been nominated at all. After playing the game with Andra Day (for Prince’s “Purple Rain”) and Daniel Kaluuya (for Donna Summer’s “Last Dance”), Howery came to Close, for E.U.’s “Da Butt.”
While Howery assumed the 74-year-old Close wasn’t familiar with the 1988 one-hit wonder, the actress dropped some knowledge.
“Wait a second. Wait a second. That’s Da Butt,” Close said, in what felt like a scripted joke. “It was a classic song by the great Washington, D.C. go-go band E.U. Shoutouts to Sugar Bear and the Backyard Band and the whole DMV.”
At Howery’s request, Close got out of her seat and performed the song’s signature “Da Butt” dance.
“She did Da whole Butt at the Oscars,'” Howery said. “This is the blackest Oscars of all time.”
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