Nicole Kidman Explains Her Weird ‘Seal Clapping’ At The Oscars, Proves To Ellen She Can Clap Normally

Even though the Oscars — and that headline-making Best Picture flub — took place months ago, one small but fascinating moment from this year’s Academy Awards continues to fascinate.

The moment in question came when the camera cut to a shot of Nicole Kidman in the audience, clapping. Video of her strange clapping, arching her fingers outward to create a clap not unlike that of a trained seal, has since gone viral, with those who view it wondering: “What’s up with that?”

Finally the secret is out, after the “Big Little Lies” star gave an interview to an Australian radio show to reveal the strange hand positioning was simply to protect her pricey bling. As Kidman explained to the “The Kyle and Jackie O Show”, she didn’t want to damage the huge Harry Winston ring that had been loaned to her for the ceremony.

“It was really awkward, and I was like: ‘Gosh, I really want to clap,” she said.

“I don’t want to not be clapping, which would be worse right? ‘Why isn’t Nicole clapping?'” she said, joking about the inevitable headlines.

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“So therefore I’m clapping but it was really difficult because I had this huge ring on which was not my own but was absolutely gorgeous and I was terrified of damaging it.”

As the Daily Mail reports, the “Lion” nominee was sporting more than 119 carats of Harry Winston diamonds while attending the Academy Awards with husband Keith Urban, including a 13.58-carat pearl-shaped diamond ring set in platinum. Mystery solved!

Meanwhile, during a May 9 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, Kidman found herself addressing her weird clapping yet again.

“I don’t clap like that! I do not clap like that,” Kidman said with a laugh when the host played a clip of her clap on the screen behind them. “That is a weird lens. OK, can you get that off?!”

Weird lens? DeGeneres didn’t buy it, and pointed out that the lens didn’t have the same effect on the fingers of her husband Keith Urban. “The lens didn’t do it to anybody else’s fingers,” quipped DeGeneres. “How can you make any noise like that? You’re not even really clapping.”

As a result, viewers were treated to the spectacle of an Oscar-winning actress demonstrating that she actually does know how to clap like a human being. Watch:

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