Austin Butler, a 31-year-old actor, received his first Oscar nomination at the 2023 Academy Awards for his role as Elvis Presley in the film “Elvis.” Despite it being his first lead role in film and television, Butler convincingly transformed into the iconic musician. During the ceremony, Angela Bassett, seated next to Butler, held his hand when the Best Actor category was announced, showing support. However, Brendan Fraser won the award for his role in “The Whale.”
Shortly after the Oscars, Austin Butler was recognized on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2023 list. Angela Bassett, who had become friends with Butler prior to the ceremony, wrote a personal note about him for the list. Bassett understood the anticipation and disappointment of awards shows, as she had experienced it herself when she was nominated for playing Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” Despite not winning, Bassett emphasized that Butler was still a winner in her eyes.
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During the 2023 awards season, many noticed that Austin Butler still spoke with an Elvis Presley-like twang, although he claimed it was unintentional. Angela Bassett drew parallels to her experience portraying Tina Turner and explained that embodying a character’s mannerisms can become a part of the actor. Bassett demonstrated how she could still laugh like Turner, showing that it takes time to return to one’s natural way of speaking.
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In his upcoming film “Dune: Part Two,” Austin Butler will not be speaking with an Elvis Presley twang. The role is drastically different from his portrayal of the “King of Rock and Roll.” Butler will play Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, a bald villain engaged in sword fights against Timothée Chalamet’s character, Paul Atreides. The film is set to release in November 2023.