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May 22, 2019

Glenn Close snags top honor at Independent Spirit Awards but her pup steals the show

February 24, 2019
Glenn Close and her dog Pip at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. (Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images)

Glenn Close notched yet another top acting prize Saturday –and she didn’t celebrate alone.

Her Havanese pup Pip accompanied her to the podium at Saturday’s easy-breezy Independent Spirit Awards.

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Close, a Best Actress Oscar nominee for her performance as the embittered spouse of a Nobel Prize-winning author in “The Wife,” took home the Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. Pip followed behind her as she walked onto the stage to accept the award.

“Hope you don’t mind Pippy came up with me,” Close told the crowd. “He’s my date.”

As the adorable white pooch rolled around on stage at his mistress’ feet, Close — obviously happy to be on stage with her friend — looked at Pip and said, “What’s better than that?”

Ethan Hawke, winner of a slew of critics’ awards for his take as a conflicted priest in “First Reformed,” took home the Best Male Lead prize.

It was a welcome win for Hawke, who was shut out of tonight’s Oscar ceremonies by competition from Bradley Cooper, Willem Dafoe, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen and Rami Malek.

Regina King, the front-runner in the Oscars’ Best Supporting Actress race, claimed the Spirit Award for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The film also copped Best Feature.

Richard E. Grant, Melissa McCarthy’s smart-aleck sidekick in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” presented an emotional speech after collecting his award for Best Supporting Male.

Teary-eyed, Grant praised actor Ian Charleson, best known for his role in “Chariots of Fire,” who died from AIDS in 1990.

“This movie, more than anything is an homage to that generation of men that were wiped out by that disease,” said Grant.

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