24.01.2023 - 22:15 / deadline.com
Elvis scooped up eight Oscar nominations on Tuesday, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Austin Butler in the title role. The good news dovetailed neatly with the birthday of director Baz Luhrmann’s wife and producing partner Catherine Martin, and their wedding anniversary, and yet tragically, it also comes just two days after the pair attended the funeral service for Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
Speaking to Deadline from Paris, Luhrmann and Martin reflected on the news, and what it has meant to them to bring Elvis’ legacy to the forefront and to restore an accurate public representation of him.
“We’ve had some really difficult days,” Luhrmann said, “and it was good to just get away and be here for this.”
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Asked how he feels having restored Elvis’s image to his family and fans, he said, “It’s more a sense of fairness to someone who was about music and touching people and who really was spiritual and deeply kind actually, and sensitive.”
Martin added, “I think when you’re dealing with Priscilla and Lisa Marie, and a man who lived and is loved by millions, you want to be respectful.”
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Both Luhrmann and Martin give huge credit to Butler for his nominated performance.
“Obviously this isn’t a documentary, this is a storytelling, but to get as close to a human story and to find that humanity in Elvis, I think that is what Austin really has given to the world. He found Elvis’s humanity and put it on screen,” said Martin, who also is nominated for costume design and production design.