Oscars 2021 had several iconic moments. There was Daniel Kaluuya’s gaffe when he thanked his parents for having sex to have him. Another fun moment is when Glenn Close answered a question about the song “Da Butt” during a music trivia bit and actually did the dance. Glenn was at a table with Daniel Kaluuya (no conspiracy here), Chris Terrio and Darrel Britt-Gibson. She wrote in an Instagram post that she knew that Lil Rel was going to ask her about the iconic song “Da Butt” from Spike Lee’s School Daze. Glenn said that she did her research and was ready. She even watched “Da Butt” video. The exchange that ensued was hilarious. Here is what Glenn wrote about it on Instagram.
We had the MOST FUN at our table at the Oscars last night. Chris Terrio, one of my best friends, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of ARGO, was my gallant escort. Daniel Kaluuya and Darrell Britt-Gibson were wonderful table mates. I knew that Lil Rel was going to quiz me about Da Butt and all three guys helped me run through what I was to say. Darrell insisted that I mention the Backyard Band, on top of E.U., Suga Bear and the whole DMV. I had googled “Da Butt” and watched Spike’s music video so when Lil Rel asked if I could do the dance…you can actually see me think of the video. That part was completely spontaneous. Daniel, Darrell and Chris egged me on!!! It was ALL their fault. CONGRATULATIONS DANIEL on your BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Oscar. You are completely brilliant. I now consider both Daniel and Darrell to be friends-for-life!
Glenn Close, like Jane Fonda, is a real one. Lil Rel was NOT READY for the brilliance that is Glenn Close. Glenn shocked the hell out of Lil Rel when she knew everything about the song and I think Lil Rel was shook when Glenn stood up and did the damn dance. Get it Glenn. I love the fact that Glenn took it upon herself to research information on “Da Butt”, the history of the band E.U., Go Go music, and the actual dance from the song. I also love how Glenn gave a shout out to Spike Lee and School Daze’s Oscar snub.
The fact that Glenn actually did the dance was icing on the proverbial cake. The exchange between Lil Rel and Glenn is iconic and a moment I won’t soon forget. I am sure the people in the D.C. Metro area felt equally as proud. I lived in Bethesda, which is right outside of D.C., when I was in the Navy in 1995 and I fell in love with go-go music. D.C. folks particularly take their go-go music very seriously. It makes me smile that Glenn got her moment to shine.
Here is the video of the full exchange:
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