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#GoldenGlobes23: Austin Butler Takes Home Best Actor

#Elvis marks the first time the actor has received a major #award or #nomination for his #acting work.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 10: 80th Annual GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Austin Butler accepts the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama award for "Elvis" onstage at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. -- (Photo by Rich Polk/NBC via Getty Images)

Following a boycott and scandal in 2021, the Golden Globes made a comeback on January 10th, 2023. Austin Butler has taken home the Golden Globe for best Actor in a Drama, Motion Picture for his portrayal of the king of rock’n’roll in Baz Luhrmann‘s eponymous film. Hugh Jackman (The Son), Bill Nighy (Living), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), and Jeremy Pope were also nominated in the same category as Austin Butler (The Inspection).

On Tuesday night, Butler won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, Motion Picture for his portrayal of the king of rock’n’roll in Baz Luhrmann’s eponymous film. As Butler, a California native, took the stage to give his acceptance speech, his voice still sounded an awful lot like Elvis.

The novice winner began his acceptance speech by saying,”All the words have left me,”Butler proceeded by expressing gratitude to his family, the rest of the actors and crew, and the organizations that made the movie possible. When he remarked to Tarantino, Butler gave a hint as to how long this dream has probably been developing.

“I printed the Pulp Fiction script when I was 12.” Butler offered thanks to his costar and film legend Tom Hanks saying Hanks was the “greatest dance partner I could ever hope for.”

Butler ended his speech by thanking the Presley family for their support and help in bringing Elvis back to life. Finally, Butler thanked the King himself for the legacy he left saying, “Elvis Presley, you were an icon and a rebel. I love you.”

Austin Butler in Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis.' | CREDIT: WARNER BROS. PICTURES

Austin Butler in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis.’ | CREDIT: WARNER BROS. PICTURES

Baz Luhrmann is the director of the movie, and Butler’s very sincere portrayal of the great has left viewers in awe. The movie follows Elvis as he grows up in Memphis, Tennessee, from a young boy to the King of rock & roll and the most popular solo recording artist of all time. Butler’s extraordinary talent alone made Elvis, a wonderful tribute to the legend himself, feasible.

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