Celebrities are used to being the center of attention, especially on the red carpet.
Reporters were quick to notice the well-behaved dog who attentively watched Close whenever she spoke. At times, Pip the dog would yawn or happily accept a head scratching from another human.
"I hope you don't mind that Pip came up here with me, he's my date," Close told the audience. "I am so honored to be here with all the women in this category. So, so honored."
But as Close tried to continue her acceptance speech, Pip rolled around on his back, stealing the spotlight (and camera time) from his amused human companion.
"What's better than that?" Close said in response to her dog's playfulness. "I brought him up for this very reason. It's called 'in the moment.'"
Of course, plenty of Pip fans popped up on social media to profess their love for the furry sidekick.
Can't get enough of Pip? Here's an Instagram video of Pip on the way to the Spirit Awards.