See: Austin Butler can’t shake Elvis’ voice
Golden Globe viewers were amazed and amused that Austin Butler accepted the award for his role as Elvis Presley in the voice of a rock legend.
The 31-year-old star won the award for Best Actor in a Drama at a ceremony on Tuesday night for his starring role in Baz Luhrmann’s musical biopic Elvis.
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Butler won the award against Brendan Fraser in The Whale, as well as Hugh Jackman in The Son, Bill Nighy in Living and Jeremy Pope in The Inspection.
The star gave an extensive speech from the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in which she thanked the Presley family, as well as collaborators and the director.
He also gave a special thanks to Denzel Washington for “your kindness and thank you for your generosity in supporting me when you didn’t have to.”
In the second part of the speech, Butler referred to the music being played to get him offstage and joked that “they could at least play Suspicious Minds or something.”
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But it was his accent that caught viewers’ attention, with more than just a hint of Presley’s signature Mississippi accent in the California-born actor’s voice as he spoke.
In an interview on the Access Hollywood red carpet before the ceremony, Butler pointed out the fact that his accent had noticeably changed since he immersed himself in the role of Elvis.
“I like when you live in another country for a long time or something, you end up imbibing a lot of things and it kind of becomes part of your DNA,” he said.
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But viewers watching the Globes were still confused, with one writing that they were “convinced that Austin Butler was hit on the head while filming Elvis and now can only speak with that accent.”
Others claimed that Butler was simply “committed to the beat” and maintained that accent throughout the film awards season.
Elvis was nominated for a total of three awards at the Golden Globes, and the film was also shortlisted for Best Motion Picture – Drama, while Luhrmann was nominated for Best Director.
In both of these categories, the film was beaten by Steven Spielberg’s clear favorite for Oscars, the semi-autobiographical drama The Fabelmans.
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The Fabelmans and Everything Everywhere All at Once won two awards at the Globes, while Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Banshees of Inisherin won the night with three awards.
On the TV side, House of the Dragon, Abbott Elementary and The White Lotus were big wins, while Zendaya scored an acting gong for Euphoria.
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