February 3, 2023

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Golden Globes: Austin Butler wins best actor in a drama for ‘Elvis’

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“Elvis” star Austin Butler has been crowned a new king by winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama.

The actor, a first-time Golden Globe nominee, faces stiff competition in the category, including Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Hugh Jackman (“The Son”), Bill Nighy (“Living”) and Jeremy Pope (“Living”). was “Inspection”).

“Oh, man, all my words are leaving me. I am just so grateful now. I’m in this room full of my heroes,” Butler began before praising her “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-star Brad Pitt and director Quentin Tarantino.

“I owe it to a brave, visionary filmmaker who gave me the experience to take risks and I always knew I would be supported. I love you, Baz Luhrmann,” Butler continued. “Thank you for believing in me in those moments when I didn’t believe in myself. I am so grateful to you. I want to thank my dance partner, the greatest dance partner I could ever hope for, Mr. Tom Hanks.”

Butler also thanked Denzel Washington, who starred in the 2018 Broadway production of “The Iceman Comes,” as well as his sister, his late mother, his father and Elvis Presley’s family.

“Finally, Elvis Presley himself, you are an icon and a rebel. I love you so much. Thank you. You are remembered and I will never forget to thank you! “

Butler stars as Elvis Presley in the Luhrmann-directed film, which has electrified audiences since its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last summer, where it received a 12-minute standing ovation.

To portray the King of Rock and Roll, the actor completely immersed himself in Presley’s world, preparing for more than a year and a half before filming began. During that time, Butler studied Presley’s every quirk and inflection, eventually learning to speak, sing (it’s Butler’s voice in the film’s early performance numbers) and move like him.

In conversation with Janelle Monáe (“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”). of diversity Actor upon actor, Butler reflected on filming his first performance number (Elvis’ 1968 comeback television special) on just the second day of production.

“It was very nerve-racking because I had a year and a half to prepare before that point. And all the preparation is for nothing if you don’t get it,” recalls Butler. “Before walking on stage, I was really scared: ‘My career seems to be on the line right now.’ But at that point in Elvis’ life, his career was on the line and he was scared.”

The award-winning performance marked a breakthrough moment for Butler, who is best known for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” The Dead Don’t Die and “The Carrie Diaries.” He recently wrapped production on “Dune: Part Two.”

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