Today, in wholesome news, Glenn Close‘s special date at this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards was her dog Pip. 

The pooch, otherwise known as Sir Pippin of Beanfield or Pip Close, the Havanese, has his own Instagram page and by the looks of it, often accompanies his human to fancy events. Prior to the ceremony, Close was unsure if Pip would be allowed on the blue carpet but how could anybody say no to this face?

Glenn Close Brought Her Precious Dog Up On Stage To Accept Spirit Award 
Photo by AAP /imageSPACE/Sipa USA.

Close was crowned Best Female Lead for her role in The Wife and to accept the award, Pip tagged along on stage.

“I hope you don’t mind if Pippi came up here with me,” Close said to open her speech. “He’s my date.”

“I am so honoured to be here with all the women in this category, so, so honoured. A lot of us have been in this awards season – but it’s really, really ever about the work. No matter what you’re wearing, no matter what red carpet you walk on, no matter what people say to you. And it’s all been extremely humbling and gratifying, the fact that we get together and tell these stories that really make a difference in the world – that is what we do. And that is why I’m so honoured to be here in this room with this particular group of people.” 

Pip, utterly enamoured by Close, spent a lot of the speech watching his human until he decided it was time for a back scratch and a bit of a walkabout.

Watch Close’s speech and lil’ Pip below.

The Wife, based on the novel of the same name, introduces us to Joan (Close) and Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) who have been married for nearly 40 years. While Joe enjoys his public life as a revered American novelist, Joan pours her intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into being a great man’s wife. As Joe gears up to accept a Nobel Peace Prize, Joan begins to reflect on a life full of shared compromises, secrets, and betrayals.

Close is nominated for Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards. Here’s hoping Pip makes an appearance as well.

Image: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur