Austin Butler Wins Best Actor at BAFTA Awards, Thanks Presley Family

Austin Butler says it’s bittersweet to win the award for Elvis after Lisa Marie Presley’s passing.

Elvis star Austin Butler continues to earn accolades for his performance in the film, this time pulling in another big award win. At the BAFTAs on Sunday evening, Butler won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He overcame other strong contenders like Brendan Fraser, Colin Farrell, Daryl McCormack, Paul Mescal, and Bill Nighy. The win follows Butler taking the Best Actor in a Drama award at the Golden Globes last month.

Closing out his speech by acknowledging the Presley family, Butler said, “Lastly, I want to thank the Presley family. I cannot thank you guys enough for your love, and for sharing with me who Elvis truly was. I hope I’ve made you proud. This means the world to me.”


After the win, Butler spoke some more about his relationship with the Presleys in the press room with Variety. He mentioned how it was “bittersweet” to win the award following the death of Lisa Marie Presley, who died shortly after attending the Golden Globes with Butler.

“It’s been a really unimaginably tragic time, you know, and grief is a long process,” Butler noted. “And so my heart and my love was with [the Presley family] always. I feel honored to have been welcomed into the family. It’s a bittersweet time.”

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Lisa Marie Presley Wanted Austin Butler to Win an Emmy for Elvis

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Last year, Lisa Marie Presley shared some high praise for Butler after seeing the film. On Twitter, she said that she watched Elvis twice and was mesmerized by how well Butler did with portraying her legendary father. She also noted how the performance was more than deserving of an Academy Award for Butler.

“I do want to take a moment to let you know that I’ve seen Baz Luhrmann’s movie Elvis twice now,” she said. “Let me tell you that it is nothing short of spectacular. Absolutely exquisite. Austin Butler channeled and embodied my father’s heart & soul beautifully.”

She added, “In my humble opinion, his performance is unprecedented and FINALLY done accurately and respectfully. (If he doesn’t get an Oscar for this, I will eat my own foot, haha.)”

The Academy Awards are happening on March 12, and we’ll find out then if Butler manages to pick up the Best Actor Oscar as well. He’s up against the same nominees as the BAFTAs, sans Daryl McCormack.

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