Glenn Close Doing 'Da Butt' at the Oscars Deserves Its Own Award

It's clear that Glenn Close was no sore loser Sunday night after continuing her historic Oscars losing streak. The living legend lightened up the Oscars by dancing to "Da Butt," the E.U. song featured in Spike Lee's 1988 film School Daze, when comedian Lil Rel Howery quizzed the Oscar nominees at Los Angeles' Union Station. Close was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Hillbilly Elegy this year but lost to Minari's Youn-Yuh-Jung.

When Questlove played a clip from "Da Butt," Close surprised Howery and viewers at home when she knew not only the name of the song, but even everyone involved in the track. Close was even censored when she complained about "Da Butt" not being nominated for an Oscar. Then Howery goaded Close into getting up and dancing to the track.

The scene caused everyone to laugh, including those at home. Some even joked that the performance was better than the one Close gave in Hillbilly Elegy. The movie was also nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, which it lost to Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Hillbilly Elegy was directed by Ron Howard and is available to stream on Netflix.

"Did not have Glenn Close doing Da Butt and knowing as much as she did about the song on the 2021 Oscar bingo card," journalist Jemele Hill wrote. "Glenn Close just straight dropped the EU knowledge at the #Oscars? What?!! DC, rep it! Now, bring the statehood," actor Jeffery Wright tweeted.


Close, 74, holds the record for most acting nominations without a win. Aside from Hillbilly Elegy, her other nominations for Best Supporting Actress were for The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, and The Natural. She also has four nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs, and The Wife.