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Glenn Close: 'Da Butt' dance at Oscars was 'completely spontaneous'

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Glenn Close: 'Da Butt' dance at Oscars was 'completely spontaneous'

The 8-time Oscar nominee explained which parts of her viral ‘Da Butt’ moment at the Academy Awards was scripted and what part just happened on the spot.

WASHINGTON — It’s safe to say one of the most memorable moments from Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards was when Glenn Close danced “Da Butt” and seemed to know all about the song during a mid-show trivia game. 

The moment seemed too surreal to be completely spontaneous. Glenn Close confirmed Monday night that the trivia segment was partly scripted, but her dance moves weren’t planned out. 

The premise of the game was Questlove played a song and a chosen celebrity had to guess if the tune was ever nominated for or won an Oscar. The trivia game was run by “Judas and the Black Messiah” actor Lil Rel Howery. 

First he quizzed Andra Day, Daniel Kaluuya and then finally Glenn Close. 

“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,” the eight-time Oscar nominee explained in an Instagram post with her seatmates at the ceremony, including Best Actor winner Daniel Kaluuya and actor Darrell Britt-Gibson. “Darrell insisted that I mention the Backyard Band, on top of E.U., Suga Bear and the whole DMV.”

Close added that she had googled “Da Butt,” which was written for Spike Lee’s 1988 film “School Daze,” and watched the music video ahead of time. 

“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,” Close described. 

While the eight-time Academy Award nominee lost in the category of Best Supporting Actress on Sunday, she certainly won for best mid-show dance. 

“School Daze” filmmaker Spike Lee gave a shout-out on the morning after the Oscars to his “sister Glenn Close.”   

“She was doing ‘Da Butt!’ Glenn Close was doing ‘Da Butt!’ I saw it on video! You were getting down,” Lee commended. 

Oscars 2021 winners: The biggest surprises and record firsts at this year’s Academy Awards

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Oscars 2021 winners: The biggest surprises and record firsts at this year’s Academy Awards

When the coronavirus pandemic began over a year ago, all kinds of changes severely affected the film industry from release date delays to closed down sets. Unsurprisingly then, the 2021 Oscars have been quite different this year, allowing streaming-only movies to qualify at a ceremony that took place at multiple locations in LA. But despite the practicalities, this has been the most diverse Academy Awards in terms of nominations for years, while there have been some big surprises and record firsts for the winners too.

The 2021 Oscars saw nine out of 20 nominees from non-white backgrounds, with the first Muslim (Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal) and first Asian-American (Steven Yeun, Minari) being nominated for Best Actor.

While the Best Director category saw two women in Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) nominated for the first time ever.

And when it came to the winners, history was made too with Zhao being the first woman of colour and the second woman ever to take home the gong after Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).

Additionally, Minari star Yuh-jung Youn was the first Korean to win an acting Oscar.

READ MORE: Yuh-Jung Youn ‘forgives’ Brad Pitt and audience for Oscars name error

Best Picture

Nomadland WINNER
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Actor

Anthony Hopkins – The Father WINNER
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Gary Oldman – Mank
Steven Yeun – Minari

Best Actress

Frances McDormand – Nomadland WINNER
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah WINNER
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom Jr – One Night in Miami
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress

Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari WINNER
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman – The Father
Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Best Director

Nomadland – Chloe Zhao WINNER
Another Round – Thomas Vinterberg
Mank – David Fincher
Minari – Lee Isaac Chung
Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell

Best Original Screenplay

Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell WINNER
Judas and the Black Messiah – Will Berson, Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas and Keith Lucas
Minari – Lee Isaac Chung
Sound of Metal – Darius Marder, Abraham Marder, Derek Cianfrance
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Aaron Sorkin

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Father – Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller WINNER
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman and Lee Kern
Nomadland – Chloé Zhao
One Night in Miami – Kemp Powers
The White Tiger – Ramin Bahrani

Piers Morgan furiously brands 'woke-ravaged' Oscars 2021 a 'howlingly dull trainwreck'

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Piers Morgan furiously brands 'woke-ravaged' Oscars 2021 a 'howlingly dull trainwreck'

The star went on to criticise the absence of an entertaining host and the lack of “big musical, theatrical or comedy performances”.

Piers added: “Who in their right mind would think the answer to falling Oscars’ popularity, against the new backdrop of a devastating global pandemic, was no fun, no acts and longer preaching speeches?”

The presenter went on to hit out at the nominated films, claiming that they weren’t Oscar-worthy.

He continued: “We weren’t even shown clips from most of this year’s offerings, an extraordinary decision that I can only assume was based on the producers’ fear that if we saw them, we’d be even more bemused they were winning Oscars.


Paul Raci had a ball at the Oscars, even if he didn't win for 'Sound of Metal'

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Paul Raci had a ball at the Oscars, even if he didn't win for 'Sound of Metal'
CHICAGO — A lot of people were rooting for Chicago native Paul Raci to win Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Sound of Metal,” but even though he didn’t come home with an Oscar he still had a ball.

“Just being in that rarefied air with those four guys is a tremendous honor, and it’s changed my life,” Raci said.

RELATED: ‘Sound of Metal’ wins best sound, film editing after netting 6 nominations, including Riz Ahmed, Paul Raci acting nods

Raised by deaf parents and fluent in American Sign Language, Raci still works as an interpreter in the Los Angeles courts. In fact, he was supposed to be in court Monday morning.

“No, I canceled it, because I had an interview this morning on WLS-TV!” he laughed.

RELATED: Paul Raci on ‘Sound of Metal’ Oscar nomination, Chicago roots

Liz Hanley Raci is her husband’s agent, and also his date to the Academy Awards. This is the first time they’ve gotten the red carpet treatment.

“People are going, ‘Hey Paul, Hey Paul!’ and I turned around and it’s a star and I’m like, how do you know him?” she said. “Oh my gosh, Frances McDormand, she’s lovely, she goes ‘Call me Fran,’ she’s so real!”

They also met Rita Moreno.

“When I saw ‘West Side Story,’ I had day and night dreams for the rest of my life about Rita Moreno, so I had to tell her that in person,” Raci said.

RELATED: Daniel Kaluuya wins best supporting actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah”

“You have a guy like Joaquin Phoenix, shakes my hand and tells me how much he enjoyed my work, I’m like, wait a minute!” he added.

Raci lost Best Support Actor to Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and he was prepared for being a gracious loser.

“Dude, they got a camera right here! We actually had to rehearse clapping,” Raci said.

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Next James Bond: Daniel Kaluuya’s odds to be next 007 slashed in half after Oscars win

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Next James Bond: Daniel Kaluuya’s odds to be next 007 slashed in half after Oscars win

We’re still several months away from when Daniel Craig’s final 007 outing No Time To Die hits cinemas, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating over who could be the next James Bond. In the latest big shakeup at the bookies, Black Panther and Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya has seen his odds of taking up the Licence to Kill halved, after winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar last night. The 32-year-old won the Academy Award on his second-ever nomination for playing Frank Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

But now bookmakers Ladbrokes report that his odds of being the next James Bond have been slashed from 40-1 to 20-1.

A spokesperson said: “Daniel Kaluuya’s recent Oscars success has led to plenty of speculation about his next move, and his odds of playing 007 next have been slashed substantially.”

The British star still has a lot of competition in from of him though, with Jamie Bell, Jack Lowden and Aidan Turner on 16-1.

While Tom Hiddleston, Richard Madden, Idris Elba, Cillian Murphy and Sam Heughan are at 12-1.

READ MORE: James Bond: Idris Elba on 007 rumours that have ‘always chased me’

Just ahead of those is Superman star Henry Cavill, who came second to Craig in the auditions for 2006’s Casino Royale.

In his early twenties at the time, the scene he and his fellow contenders had to act out was from Sean Connery’s From Russia with Love.

In fact, the audition specifically saw Cavill having to walk into a room in a towel.

The 37-year-old told Men’s Health in 2019 that director Martin Campbell had said to him: “Looking a little chubby there, Henry.”

Responding to the rumours, Page told The Mirror he was “flattered” by all the 007 speculation around him.

The 31-year-old said: “Ah, the B word. I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.

“I think that’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed.

“Nothing more – or less – than that. I think the concept of having plans in this moment in history is mildly hilarious. So I’ve given up on making them.”

With No Time To Die being Craig’s final outing as Bond, no doubt auditions to search for his replacement will be on the minds of the 007 producers.

Previous stars to win the role of Ian Fleming’s spy have been in their thirties and forties, – so Page is certainly at the right age.

Casting the 31-year-old could be a great way to modernise the franchise with the first non-white Bond.

Whatever happens, the next 007 reboot will be a “reimagining” according to producer Barbara Broccoli, just as it was at the start of Craig’s era.

Oscars acceptance speeches have gotten longer over the decades

Oscars acceptance speeches

When Patty Duke won the best supporting actress Oscar for 1963’s “The Miracle Worker,” she walked to the microphone, clutched her golden statue and spoke just two words.

“Thank you.”

That was the last time that happened.

Saying thank you in just a few words, or saying nothing at all, was more common in the decades before. But no acceptance speech for the major Academy Awards for acting, directing, producing or writing has ever been that short again.

Joe Pesci came closest in 1990. After winning for supporting actor in “Goodfellas,” Pesci said simply, “It was my privilege. Thank you.”

Beyond that, an analysis of every acceptance speech in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ archive shows what viewers have long suspected: the speeches are getting longer. Over the last 10 years, the average number of words spoken is about 256 compared to less than half that in almost every year through 1975.

Oscar acceptance speeches’ average length has risen from an average of 113 words in the 1940s, surpassing 200 words per speech for the first time in 1981 and crossing the 250-word threshold in 1999.

The analysis looked at every word spoken in more than 650 speeches by winners of the major producing, writing, directing and acting categories archived at the Academy’s website.

The biggest change is that more writers and producers are speaking in more detail about their productions and the teams behind them, with their average speaking time nearly doubling over the last several decades.

VIDEO: Who do people thank after winning an Oscar?

The longest single acceptance speech is the one given by producers in 2012. After Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney won Best Picture for “Argo,” Heslov and Affleck spoke more than 600 words.

That’s longer than any other acceptance speech, with one glaring exception that doesn’t count the way others do: the 2016 confusion around best picture, when the wrong winner was announced and that team began its on-stage thank-yous and celebration before the mistake was identified.

After that, the actual winners — the team behind the film “Moonlight” — took to the stage to give their own acceptance speech.

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Oscars 2021 Best Moments: Regina King’s Epic Save, Brad Pitt’s Sexy Ponytail & More

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Oscars 2021 Best Moments: Regina King’s Epic Save, Brad Pitt’s Sexy Ponytail & More

The 93rd annual Academy Awards took place on Sunday April 25, and viewers were treated to so many amazing moments — including Glenn Close’s twerking.

The 93rd annual Academy Awards took place on Sunday, April 25, and while not many celebs attended the show, viewers were still treated to some pretty spectacular moments.

From Regina King’s amazing recovery on stage to Brad Pitt‘s sexy ponytail and Glenn Close’s twerking skills we loved seeing some of our favorite actors, actresses, directors and more celebrating together under the same roof. Want to know which moments we’ll remember years from now? Here are some of our favorites from the show (in no particular order):

1. There was no host this year, but Regina opened the show, and immediately after taking the stage, she almost tripped and fell on her face. Fortunately, she recovered quite amazingly and laughed off the moment by reminding everyone that anything can happen on “live TV”. Ain’t that the truth.

Oscars 2021 Best Moments: Regina King’s Epic Save, Brad Pitt’s Sexy Ponytail & More
Regina King at the 2021 Oscars. (Shutterstock)

2. Later during the ceremony, Brad Pitt took the stage to present an award, and while he looked as dapper as always, we couldn’t help but notice his oh so sexy ponytail. More of that please! And thank you.

3. During another special moment of the night, Tyler Perry gave a powerful speech, during which he urged people to “refuse hate” and “blanket judgement”. This moment happened while the filmmaker was accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his charitable efforts.

Oscars 2021 Best Moments: Regina King’s Epic Save, Brad Pitt’s Sexy Ponytail & More
Brad Pitt at the 2021 Oscars. (Shutterstock)

4. Later, when the ceremony was nearing its end, Glenn Close literally jumped up on her feet and started twerking. It was glorious and probably the very best moment of the night.

5. Finally, we can’t forget all the winners. There were certainly some highlights this year, but we definitely loved watching Daniel Kaluuya accept his Oscar. Unfortunately, the late Chadwick Boseman was snubbed when the winner of Best Actor was revealed as Anthony Hopkins.

Obviously we loved a lot more than just those five moments listed above. So, to see the rest of our favorites from the Oscars, click through the gallery of photos above!

In Oscars upset, Anthony Hopkins wins best actor for 'The Father'

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In Oscars upset, Anthony Hopkins wins best actor for 'The Father'

Many had expected Chadwick Boseman to win. In a very rare move from the academy, best actor was the last award handed out this year instead of best picture.

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Hopkins has won his first Oscar since he took one home for playing Hannibal Lecter.

Despite his pedigree, Hopkins was a surprise winner.

The late Chadwick Boseman was expected to win the award, which in a very rare move from the academy was the last to be handed out this year instead of best picture.

It was also an anti-climax on a show where Hopkins wasn’t present to accept the trophy. Joaquin Phoenix’s reading of his name was the last dramatic moment of a most unusual ceremony.

The second Oscar for Hopkins comes nearly 30 years after his first in 1992, for playing Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.” He’s been nominated four times since without a win.

The 83-year-old Hopkins won the Oscar Sunday night for his role as a man who battles with dementia opposite Olivia Colman in the film directed by Florian Zeller.

With his win, Hopkins became the oldest person to win an acting award at the Oscars.

In addition to Boseman, he beat out fellow nominees Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman and Steven Yeun.

Boseman was the first Black performer ever nominated posthumously for an Oscar. 

Oscars fashion 2021: Gold and glam dominate Hollywood’s biggest night season


Oscars fashion 2021: Gold and glam dominate Hollywood's biggest night season
LOS ANGELES — Red carpet glam was back Sunday at the Oscars with Andra Day and Carey Mulligan shimmering in award-worthy gold and Maria Bakalova among several stars in bright white princess gowns during the pandemic era’s first big parade of fashion.

There was a strong showing of reds as well, along with belly-baring midriffs, the latter including Zendaya in standout yellow by Valentino and more than 183 carats of Bulgari diamonds from ears and neck to her fingers at the Los Angeles ceremony.”Andra Day and Zendaya have set the tone for spring and we are showing midriff all season,” said Nandi Howard, associate fashion editor for Essence. “Both ladies arrived in beautiful gowns on the carpet with cutouts and slits that were a breath of fresh air for red-carpet attire.”

Day dressed all the way up in a sexy look cut to the thigh on one side with a cutout at the waist. It was custom Vera Wang made of actual metal, paired with a dainty pair of drop earrings tipped with yellow diamonds from Tiffany & Co. Mulligan stunned in gold Valentino couture, a midriff look with a tiny metallic top and a huge ball skirt.

With nominees scattered around the world, the red carpet was far less hectic.

“Calm. If people were here they would know how absolutely groundbreaking calm is,” said Viola Davis, dressed in a stunning white custom look with intricate cutouts in a snug bodice that fell to a princess skirt.

The designer? “Alexander McQueen, baby,” Davis told E!.

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Bakalova, the breakout star of “Borat: Subsequent Movie Film,” also brought princess, also in white, with a bit of subdued sparkle and a plunging neckline that fell to a tulle skirt, thanks to Louis Vuitton. She snagged a pair of stunning chandelier diamond earrings for the evening.

Regina King, who opened the show, went for light blue Louis Vuitton with winged shoulders and silver stripe embellishments.

“Regina King delivered the red carpet fantasy that award season viewers have been missing when she showed up in a sculptural, custom-made masterpiece from Louis Vuitton. While the baby blue color and the wing-like shoulders gave off an ethereal vibe, the modern neckline screamed high fashion,” said Irina Grechko, senior fashion editor for the millennial-focused lifestyle site Refinery29.com.

Riz Ahmed, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daniel Kaluuya, in a Bottega Veneta tux, were among many of the guys who went without ties. Ahmed was in Prada and Odom in Brioni.

Travon Free, who co-directed the short live-action winner “Two Distant Strangers,” mixed Hollywood fantasy with real life. He wore a black-and-yellow Dolce & Gabbana tux lined with names of Black victims killed by police in the United States.

Reese Witherspoon got the red memo, in Dior, along with Angela Bassett in a red look with statement poofy shoulders and Chopard rubies and diamonds. Bassett’s train gown was by Alberta Ferretti.

Presenter Laura Dern wore a look with a white feathered skirt and a black, long-sleeve mock turtleneck top, while Margo Robbie went full Hollywood in body hugging silvery Chanel.

Chloe Zhao made history as the second woman and first woman of color to win best director wearing Hermes and a pair of bright white sneakers, her hair in two long braids. Her ankle-length dress was a neutral tone ruched and adorned with small beads and a latticework design.

Oscar performer H.E.R. made a red carpet appearance in cobalt blue custom Dundas. It included a hooded cape and a flared jumpsuit. Her round signature shades were by Bonnie Clyde.

Diane Warren and Odom kicked off the carpet in two trend colors: white and gold, Warren in a Valentino tuxedo white with a sequin turtleneck and Odom in a glistening gold double-breasted tux – gold shirt included.

“I’ve never been dressed by a designer before,” Warren told E!. “How cool is that?” A small Swarovski frog adorned her collar.

Odom walked the carpet with spouse Nicolette Robinson. They recently welcomed a second child.

“I am a lucky, lucky man,” he said, while Robinson was grateful for no baby spit up.

Amanda Seyfried chose vibrant red from Armani Prive, her hair in an Old Hollywood side-swept updo. It was among a slew of classic princess cuts, hers a strapless look with a plunging neckline. Halle Berry was a loner in mauve, unfurling her light-as-air train on the carpet with her hair in a short crop.

New mom Emerald Fennell, best director nominee for “Promising Young Woman,” smiled bright in a flowing spring green and lilac gown. Lately, she’s been making up personas to match her outfits. She topped off the look with sparkly lilac eye shadow. Her look included all-over sequin embroidery and ruffle details.

“So tonight I am Susan your pottery teacher who has a business opportunity for you which is absolutely not a pyramid scheme,” she said.

This pottery teacher wore Gucci.

The 9-year-old star of “Minari,” Alan Kim, vamped on the carpet in his black shorts suit with high black socks, including one with horizontal white stripes. He just had a birthday and got the bike he was hoping for. Another “Minari” star, Yuh-Jung Youn, smiled on the carpet in a Marmar Halim midnight blue brocade gown with a velvet belt, a wide diamond Chopard bracelet on her wrist.

Glenn Close, nominated for “Hillbilly Elegy,” paired a jewel-tone blue embellished caftan from Armani Prive with dark slacks and gloves. And she, like so many others on hand, was back in heels.

“I’m feeling great. My shoes are comfortable. It’s not two miles long so that’s lovely,” she said.

Other stars chose elegant black for the pandemic-era Oscars. Some were in bright oranges and pinks.

Nominee LaKeith Stanfield chose a custom black jumpsuit with a belt and wide-lapeled button-down underneath by Saint Laurent. Another statement maker among the men: Colman Domingo of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” in a hot pink suit by Versace.

All told, Grechko said, Hollywood was due for the final and splashiest carpet of the Zoom-heavy, leisurewear-accented pandemic awards season.

“After a year of virtual red carpet shows, it’s clear that celebrities were ready to bring their A-game to the red carpet, with high-on-glamour looks dominating the night. From Maria Bakalova’s Grace Kelly-esque look, made with 100 meters of tulle, to Carey Mulligan’s oversized, liquid gold-like skirt train, celebrities understood the assignment and brought back fashion in a big way,” she said.

There were some big beauty moments, too.

Of Zendaya’s look, Refinery29 Beauty Director Sara Tan said: “Zendaya looked like she emerged from the pages of a magazine. It was elegant, yet effortless, a balance that Zendaya always achieves with ease. I loved that she kept her beauty look glam, but simple – waist-grazing hair, dewy skin, full brows, a simple wash of color on her lid, and a barely-there lip – so as not to compete with the collection of Bulgari jewels around her neck!”

Seyfried’s smoky red eye “gave her old school Hollywood glam a modern twist,” Tan said.

Bold lips ruled the carpet, from Seyfried’s deep plum pout to H.E.R.’s pinky-purple lip, she added.

Tan called Berry’s hair a “very edgy, Amelie-esque microbob,” noting Robbie’s new bangs and darker “bronde” hair color.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Braless Amanda Seyfried risks wardrobe malfunction in daring V Neck gown at Oscars 2021

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Braless Amanda Seyfried risks wardrobe malfunction in daring V Neck gown at Oscars 2021

The actress is up for the gong against Olivia Colman (The Father), Youn Yuh-jung (Minari), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) and Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy).

Ahead of the show, the Mean Girls star shared her thoughts on the ceremony being different this year.

She told E!: “I really can’t believe we’re around people right now.

“It’s like the Twilight Zone. In a good way.”