Austin Butler, who received his first Oscar nomination Tuesday for “Elvis,” says the honor is “bittersweet” — because he and Lisa Marie Presley had grown close before her untimely death this month.
“It’s a bittersweet moment right now because I think about how much I want to be here right now to celebrate with me,” Butler told Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager when he called in to “Today With Hoda and Jenna” after learning of the nomination. “I feel the same way about Elvis; I want them to see these moments, you know?”
“It’s a strange thing to celebrate in such a big time,” he said. “But I think of it as a way of honoring her. Here’s to her.”
Lisa Marie, the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles on January 12. The 54-year-old singer-songwriter had attended the Golden Globes with Butler – who won for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama – just two days earlier.
“I’m very happy with this film and the effect it had and what Baz had [Luhrmann] done, Austin is done,” Presley said at a party the night before the Globes. “I’m very proud, and I know my father would be very proud too … I’m very grateful, so thank you.”
Butler said days after Presley’s death that his heart was “absolutely broken”.
The California native, whose voice still bears a striking resemblance to the King’s, said during recent roundtable discussions with The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times that “Elvis” was a huge challenge – a sentiment he repeated over and over again. another Tuesday.
“Making this movie was a daunting undertaking, and it was also a very long process,” Butler said on “Today With Hoda and Jenna.” “I just remember those sleepless nights and all the fear and all the possibilities of what could go wrong. It’s a really surreal and amazing thing to be recognised.”
Butler, who was nominated in the best actor Oscar category on Tuesday, will join fellow nominees Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Paul Mescal at the March 12 ceremony. . (“Aftersun”) and Bill Nighy (“Living”).
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