During her last public appearance before her death, Lisa Marie Presley attended the Golden Globe Awards and praised all the work that went into Elvis.
WASHINGTON — Austin Butler is feeling bittersweet about his first Oscar nomination since Lisa Marie Presley’s sudden death.
The Elvis star, who has mastered the rock and roll legend’s nasality and spent several months with the Presley family, dedicated his Best Actor Oscar on Tuesday to the late singer.
“A moment like today is bittersweet because I want Lisa Marie to be here with us to celebrate,” the 31-year-old said in an interview. “I also know how much this film meant to Lisa-Marie and how much her father’s legacy meant to her, which is why I’m so proud to be a part of this story.”
Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley, died on January 12, hours after being hospitalized for emergency care. The official cause of death has not yet been established.
During her last public appearance before her death, the 54-year-old actress attended the Golden Globes and praised all the work that went into Elvis.
The biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann received eight Oscar nominations and is one of 10 films nominated for Best Picture.
“We’ve had some really tough days,” Luhrmann told Deadline on Tuesday, “and it felt good to just get away and be here for it.”
In the days leading up to the announcement of the Oscar nominations, more than a thousand people gathered on the Graceland lawn to mourn Presley’s death. Both Butler and Luhrmann attended a memorial honoring Presley’s life, along with her mother, Priscilla Presley.
After the service, mourners walked through the Graceland Meditation Garden, where Presley was interred in an above-ground grave next to her son, Benjamin Keogh, who died in 2020. She was also buried along with her famous father.
On Monday, Presley’s mother thanked fans in her first message since her daughter’s death.
“Thank you all for your condolences, you touched me with your words,” tweet read. “It was a very difficult time, but just knowing that your love is somewhere around makes a difference.