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What Glenn Close was really thinking in that viral Oscar meme: 'Hilarious'

Raechal Shewfelt
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Glenn Close has given us an answer about just what she was thinking when she encountered Pose star Billy Porter in a memorable look on the red carpet before the Oscars. You almost certainly know the moment, because it was documented on social media. Many, many times.

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The Damages star offered an explanation Thursday. It happened when she commented on her own post, a throwback photo of herself and actor Jeremy Irons, her co-star in the 1984 play The Real Thing. Close was responding to a fan who couldn’t help but ask what was going through her mind when she encountered Porter in February before the Academy Awards.

Glenn Close attends the Time 100 Gala on April 23 at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Glenn Close attends the Time 100 Gala on April 23 at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Her answer: “Hi! I was actually looking at Melissa McCarthy who Billy was interviewing. She also had on a cape and I was exchanging ‘Oh really! Give me a break!’ looks, as if she were trying to upstage me. It’s hilarious that everyone thought I was commenting on Billy’s fabulous gown. Never!”

As a reminder, Porter rocked a stunning velvet tuxedo gown designed by Christian Siriano while working as a commentator for the official ABC pre-show.

Billy Porter walks the red carpet at the 2019 Oscars. (Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
Billy Porter walks the red carpet at the 2019 Oscars. (Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, McCarthy wore a chic black and white jumpsuit with a cape designed by Brandon Maxwell. Apparently, it was the cape was what made Close take notice.

Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 91st Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019, in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 91st Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019, in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

She was wearing a gorgeous gold gown by Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera with a cape of her own.

Glenn Close wears a gold gown featuring a cape at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. (Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
Glenn Close wears a gold gown featuring a cape at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. (Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

And there you have it.

Close approved of Porter’s sophisticated look, but her animated reaction was all about the Bridesmaids star.

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