24.01.2023 - 22:59 / perezhilton.com
On Tuesday, Austin Butler officially became an Oscar nominee for his onscreen portrayal of Elvis Presley.
The memorable work Butler put forth in Elvis marks the 31-year-old actor’s first Academy Award nomination. But considering the timing of the reveal on Tuesday morning — less than two weeks after Lisa Marie Presley‘s unexpected death at just 54 years old back on January 12 — it’s a rather bittersweet honor now.
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Butler spoke to the Hollywood Reporter hours after his nomination was announced. He brought up how much it meant to him to get the portrayal right for the family, in particular Lisa Maria and Priscilla Presley:
The award nod is a big deal for Butler’s career, of course. But the silver screen star explained how the nomination experience was difficult in light of Lisa Marie’s passing. That she wasn’t able to see it happen clearly saddens Austin. Remembering Lisa Marie and continuing to mourn her loss, he said:
Austin also revealed how he had previously been able to spend a lot of time with the late singer while prepping for his big leading role. That time together turned into a very close bond for both:
Even with Tuesday’s nomination, though, Austin explained how nothing compares to Lisa Marie’s reaction after the very first time she saw the film late in her life:
As we previously reported, Butler has already spoken out about Lisa Marie’s tragic death. The day after she passed earlier this month, he shared a statement with the media lamenting her loss and sending love to her grieving family:
Of course, Austin had already earned the Best Actor prize at the Golden Globes for his Presley portrayal. Obviously,