Austin Butler, 31, stated in his acceptance letter that he would never do anything else than staring in the Elvis Presley biopic. Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley, who died less than two weeks before the Academy Award nominations were announced, were his greatest rewards.
Lisa Marie, Elvis' only child, died on January 12 after suffering cardiac arrest at her Calabasas, California, residence. Just days before her death, Lisa and Priscilla, 77, attended the Golden Globe Awards, where they saw Austin win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.
Austin said: "From all the occasions that we got together to celebrate together, we would celebrate today, and I wish Lisa Marie and Elvis were here to witness this time." "It puts things in perspective," Austin said. "When I see moments like today or when I feel moments like today, I have to think, "Okay, this is something to be grateful for."
Austin said he'll "cherish" the moment when Lisa Marie saw Elvis for the first time "for the rest of my life." The Disney Channel alum also shared that he felt "relieved and grateful and joyous" to now be here. "But that's what makes life feel vibrant."
Austin attended Lisa Marie's funeral at the Presley family's historic Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday, January 22. Kaia Gerber, 21, was also there to greet them at the memorial. According to his rep's statement to HollywoodLife, Elvis' daughter died.
"I am deeply sorry to hear about Lisa Marie's death, Finley, Harper, and Priscilla," read a statement on behalf of Austin. "I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had to be near her shining light and will always cherish the quiet moments we shared."