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Austin Butler Mourns Lisa Marie Presley Following Bittersweet Elvis Oscar Nomination

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On Tuesday, Austin Butler officially became an Oscar nominee for his onscreen portrayal of Elvis Presley.

The memorable work Butler put forth in Elvis marks the 31-year-old actor’s first Academy Award nomination. But considering the timing of the reveal on Tuesday morning — less than two weeks after Lisa Marie Presley‘s unexpected death at just 54 years old back on January 12 — it’s a rather bittersweet honor now. Related: Riley Keough Shares Beautiful Tribute After Mother Lisa Marie Presley’s Death Butler spoke to the Hollywood Reporter hours after his nomination was announced.

He brought up how much it meant to him to get the portrayal right for the family, in particular Lisa Maria and Priscilla Presley: The award nod is a big deal for Butler’s career, of course.

But the silver screen star explained how the nomination experience was difficult in light of Lisa Marie’s passing. That she wasn’t able to see it happen clearly saddens Austin.

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