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The Daily Dish Awards Season

Nicole Kidman Actually Has a Good Reason for Her Bizarre Clapping at the Oscars

Yes, the actress does know how to clap like a normal human being.

By Laura Rosenfeld
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Some say she looked like a seal. Others say she mimicked the Grinch. Whoever you think Nicole Kidman resembled while clapping in the audience at the Oscars last month, we can all agree that it looked nothing like the way a normal human being would ever applaud. 

So we've been racking our brains for the past couple of weeks, trying to figure out what would possess the usually poised and chic actress to behave in such a way. Now we finally have our answer right from Nicole herself.


The Oscar-winning actress set the record straight in a recent interview with Kyle and Jackie O on their radio show on Australia's KIIS 1065. Kyle brought up the viral moment to Nicole saying, "I told everyone I believe you were clapping like that because you had the rings on and you didn't want to damage the rings. Does that make sense?" After Nicole confirmed that was "exactly" the reason for her awkward applause, Kyle exclaimed, "And everyone's like, 'Oh, why can't she clap properly?' And I'm like, 'You don't know what it's like to wear a million dollars' worth of rings, you idiots! That's why she's clapping like that.'" 

Indeed, in addition to wearing her stunning Armani Prive gown, Nicole also rocked some serious, jaw-droppingly gorgeous Harry Winston jewels at the Academy Awards. The jewelry totaled 119 carats, with her diamond ring at 13.8 carats alone, according to PEOPLE.

Nicole sounded relieved to finally prove to the world that she does actually know how to clap. "I'm so glad you clarified that because it was really awkward! I was like, gosh, I want to clap. I don't want to not be clapping, which would be worse, right? 'Why isn't Nicole clapping?'" she explained to Kyle and Jackie O. "So therefore, I'm clapping, but it was really difficult because I had a huge ring on that was not my own, but it was absolutely gorgeous, and I was terrified of damaging it!" 

Well, when you're wearing that much borrowed bling, you do everything you can to protect it, we guess, even if that means looking a little silly in front of the whole world on TV.

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