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Glenn Close just revealed the truth behind that viral Oscars meme

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One of the best memes from the 2019 Oscars involved Glenn Close gazing in wonder upon Pose’s Billy Porter, working the red carpet in a magnificent gown. Now, the actor has revealed the truth behind the viral moment.

First things first: are you following Glenn Close on Instagram? Because you really should be.

The actor is a veritable delight on the social media platform, where her most recent posts have included applying the gender-swap filter on herself and commenting that it made her look like ex-boyfriend Woody Harrelson. 

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If you follow Close on Instagram, you’ll know that it was there that she recently addressed that viral moment from the 2019 Oscars. A quick recap for those who haven’t thought about the meme every day for the past four months – while walking the red carpet, Close happened upon Pose star Billy Porter, resplendent in a Christian Siriano tuxedo gown. In a now-viral video, Close looked Porter up and down, an expression of wonder and respect crossing her face.

Fans couldn’t get enough of the moment. “I hope to one day convey all 671 emotions Glenn Close felt seeing Billy Porter,” one person shared on Twitter. 

Now, Close has responded to the viral moment for the first time on her Instagram.

After a fan messaged her on the social media platform asking her to explain what was going through her mind when she saw Porter’s outfit, Close took the time to reply to the comment.

“Hi! I was actually looking at Melissa McCarthy who Billy was interviewing,” Close wrote. “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!” 

Well, that’s that sorted them. Close was engaged in a faux-stare off with McCarthy and is as in awe of Porter’s fabulous dress sense as the rest of us. Case closed.

Close might not have walked away from the Oscars with a gold statue – she got pipped at the post by Olivia Colman – but she’ll always have this meme. 

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Hannah-Rose Yee is a writer based in London. You can find her on the internet talking about movies, television and Chris Pine.

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