Glenn Close Dancing To 'Da Butt,' Shouting Out The DMV And Spike Lee Is An Iconic Oscars Moment
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Glenn Close Dancing To 'Da Butt,' Shouting Out The DMV And Spike Lee Is An Iconic Oscars Moment

UPDATE: In response to The Los Angeles Times’ report, Glenn Close’s publicist says the moment was only partially scripted and that parts like Close’s dancing, were not. The publicist told NBC News, “The quiz, as noted, was requested of the participants and partially scripted. The dance was NOT scripted. I also wrote the reporter to testify that the dance was NOT scripted, happened then and there. I was (as) surprised as everyone else in the known universe.”

Previously reported:

The saying “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is” appears to be the most appropriate statement for Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony.

Although thoroughly entertaining, Actress Glenn Close’s rump-moving performance to the DMV cultural classic “Da Butt” was apparently scripted.

That’s right — the jam session with Lil Rel Howery that was one of the most entertaining segments of the Oscars wasn’t as impromptu as viewers may have thought.

The Los Angeles Times reports that it has confirmed Glenn Close’s shaking of her tailfeather was scripted. Whether scripted or not, the break from the monotony of the Oscars was refreshing and definitely needed.

As the paper reports, “Howery gave a handful of nominees a chance to identify a random tune from a film soundtrack — selected by Oscars DJ Questlove — and guess whether it scored an Oscar nomination or win the year it was released. During her turn in the hot seat, Close stunned the room by correctly identifying Experience Unlimited’s “Da Butt” from director Spike Lee’s 1988 film School Daze, which did not receive a nomination. But that was nothing compared to what came next: When asked by Howery if she knew “Da Butt” dance, Close didn’t miss a beat before rising from her seat and shaking her booty on live television.”

Howery asked several other attendees questions, including Andra Day and fellow his Judas and the Black Messiah co-star, Daniel Kaluuya, but Close’s performance stole the segment.

Viewers reacted on Twitter. Author Roxanne Gray tweeted, “I did not have Glenn close doing da butt on my Oscar bingo card but here we are.”

Entertainment Weekly reporter Joey Nolfi joked, “Glenn Close just won her first Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.”

Sherrilyn Ifill made Close the winner of the night.

Scripted or not, the moment will forever live on.

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