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How Lisa Marie Presley’s death could impact Austin Butler’s Oscar chances


BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 10: Lisa Marie Presley with Icelandic Glacial at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 10, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Icelandic Glacial)

Austin Butler may not want to think that his chances of winning a best actor Oscar for playing Elvis Presley could be boosted by the sudden Jan. 12 death of the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. But that’s the hard reality of the Oscars race: Tragedy sometimes leads to awards.

Heath Ledger and Peter Finch won posthumous acting Oscars in 2009 and 1977 for “The Dark Knight” and “Network,” respectively, though many would say they turned in iconic performances that deserved to be honored.

More questionably, Elizabeth Taylor won her first Academy Award in 1961, for the critically maligned “Butterfield 8” — after she almost died of pneumonia. On the other hand, the deaths of James Dean and Chadwick Boseman didn’t lead to posthumous awards; pretty much everyone expected the “Black Panther” star to win in 2021 for his final performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 10: Lisa Marie Presley with Icelandic Glacial at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 10, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Icelandic Glacial) 

With Butler, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed he at least deserves a nomination for his performance in the biopic “Elvis.” On Tuesday, “Elvis” was nominated for eight total awards, including best actor and best picture.

As of Monday, the awards prediction site Gold Derby still had Butler in third place, behind Brendan Fraser for “The Whale” and Colin Farrell for “The Banshees of Inisherin.” That placement could change. Oscars watchers say that winning a little gold man isn’t just about doing the best work, it’s also about Academy or external “politics,” public sentiment and the sometimes hard-to-define concept of timing.

Right now, timing and sentiment seem to be on Butler’s side. His name was thrust to the forefront of pop culture conversation when he emotionally paid tribute to Lisa Marie Presley and her mother, Priscilla, while accepting the Golden Globe for best actor on Jan. 10. He spoke directly to a tearful Lisa Marie Presley in the audience — two days before her sudden and shocking death of cardiac arrest at age 54.

Following her death, Butler said his heart was “completely shattered.” He also also appeared somber when attending Presley’s public memorial service at Graceland, her father’s Memphis, Tennessee, estate, on Sunday.

Lisa Marie Presley was mind blown watching Austin Butler as a “spot on” Elvis. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/UNTgjGX21y

— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) January 11, 2023

Film critics Joe Reid and Chris Feil, awards seasons prognosticators with the “This Had Oscar Buzz” podcast, said they think Butler is now on track to win.

“Austin Butler is really winning the best actor Oscar,” Reid said on their podcast last week. “100%,” Feil agreed.

Reid explained how a stirring Golden Globes speech can help actors or directors “preview their case” for why they should win an Oscar and why voters should “want to have a moment like that” at their ceremony.

Reid said he had been …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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