I was sort of hoping that the mystery of Nicole Kidman’s clapping malfunction at the 2017 Oscars would stay a mystery until 2063 when the truth (or at least an incredibly salacious version thereof) was exposed in Hollywood Babylon XII. Sadly, the truth behind her awkward clap isn’t salacious.
According to Nicole, it was the jewelry’s fault. Nicole called in to Australia’s Kyle & Jackie O radio show this morning and was asked if her weird-ass clapping was due to the fancy rings she was wearing, and Nicole said yes. She added that she was faced with the ultimate famous person-at-an-awards-show dilemma: either clap and risk returning her jewelry all scratched-up, or not clap and look rude. Nicole obviously chose clapping, but tried really hard not to ruin the fancy ring she was loaned. Which would be why she looked like a seal struggling through a flipper spasm.
Entertainment Tonight says that Nicole was wearing 119 carats of Harry Winston jewels on Oscar night.
Nicole probably would’ve faced a famous person horror if she returned her jewelry to Harry Winston in less-than-perfect shape. Harry will tell Mr. Chopard, who will then tell Ms. Cartier, who will squeal to Barry Bulgari and Tiffany, who will text Lorraine Schwartz and Neil Lane, and so on, and so on. Before you know it, Nicole is blacklisted from every jeweler in town. And the next red carpet Nicole hits, she’ll be forced to say: “Well Giuliana, I’m wearing a lovely Open Hearts by Jane Seymour diamond pendant from Peoples.” That’s a lot worse than not getting invited.