The most memorable Oscar moments of the past 20 years

Glenn Close joins the ranks with her rendition of 'Da Butt'

Stars Insider

26/04/21 | StarsInsider

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The annual Academy Awards ceremony is a slick and usually flawless Hollywood affair. But sometimes things go sideways, and the unexpected happens. Fortunately, the glittering occasion is also known for its many funny and lighthearted moments.

Glenn Close made her contribution this year in a skit toward the end of the night in which comedian Lil Rel Howery asked a few audience members about whether certain songs had history at the Oscars, with DJ Questlove supplying the tracks. When it got to Close's turn, the Oscar-nominated actress shocked everyone with her knowledge of the 1988 Experience Unlimited single 'Da Butt,' which she noted was featured on Spike Lee’s film 'School Daze.' 

"That’s 'Da Butt'! It was a 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. “My friends at the Oscars missed it, and it wasn’t nominated so it couldn’t have won, which I think is just an effin’ tragedy."

Then, as if hearing Glenn Close say "shouts out" wasn't enough, the 74-year-old proceeded to show off her moves, shaking her butt on the international broadcast and earning instant viral fame. Scripted or not, it was a legendary moment in Oscars history, and many viewers say it was the best moment of the otherwise lackluster 2021 ceremony. 

Browse this gallery for a look back at some previous Oscar night antics.


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