Austin Butler: Must celebrate Oscar nomination without Lisa Marie Presley

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 Austin Butler: Must celebrate Oscar nomination without Lisa Marie Presley
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Austin Butler wishes Lisa Marie Presley was still alive to celebrate Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis' biopic's eight Oscar nominations.

The 31-year-old actor - who played King in the 2022 film and earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for portraying the singer - said he was 'grateful' for the time he is spending with Elvis' only child before Lisa Marie died of two heart attacks on January 12 at the age of 54. He told 'The Hollywood Reporter' shortly after the 2023 Oscar nominations were announced: '[Playing Elvis] seemed like an impossible mountain to face. There were so many pitfalls and I just decided to take a step one after another. And I really just wanted to honor the life of this man and his family. [...] And mostly because Lisa Marie isn't here with us. I just wish she were here today to be with me to celebrate us.'

Calling mother-of-four Lisa Marie the 'handiest, most supportive person,' Austin added, 'I know from all the times we've celebrated together how we would celebrate today and I wish she and Elvis were here, to experience that time. It really puts things into perspective that ultimately what I'm most grateful for is the time I was able to spend with Lisa Marie and also the time I had by having three Years of exploring her father's life. When I see or feel moments like today, I really need to take a second to say, 'Okay, that's something I can really be thankful for.''

Austin was among thousands of mourners who attended Lisa Marie's funeral service at Elvis' Graceland estate on Sunday (January 23).

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