Actress Glenn Close didn’t win an Oscar for her performance in Hillbilly Elegy, but she stole the show with her “Da Butt” dance.
Toward the end of the 93rd Academy Awards, actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery questioned audience members about their knowledge of past Oscar-nominated songs. And while the segment was scripted, Close’s dance moves were not.
Questlove, the Oscars DJ, played “Da Butt” by Experience Unlimited from Spike Lee’s School Daze.
“Wait a second… I know that’s ‘Da Butt,” Close said.
Close reminisced about the classic song by “the great Washington, D.C. go-go band EU.”
“Shout outs to Sugar Bear and the Backyard Band and the whole DMV,” she said. “I remember this, so Spike Lee had it written for his brilliant movie, School Daze. And my friends at the Oscars 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 famous “Da Butt” move, causing laughter and applause to echo through the audience.
Robb Mills, ABC executive vice president of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television, confirmed the dance was unscripted.
“It was certainly something nobody expected,” he told Variety. “I mean, that was not in any rehearsal of it or anything. I think that, again, shows that she’s sort of game for anything.”
Close was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Hillbilly Elegy.
Hillbilly Elegy was also nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
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