Austin Butler welcomed immense recognition and acclamation after starring in Elvis last year. But he also happened to be censured just as much at the Oscars this year for not yet shedding his deep, Elvis accent.
The 31-year-old star received an Academy Award nomination for his remarkable performance in the Baz Luhrmann biopic and was up for ‘Best Actor’ alongside Brendan Fraser, Colin Farrell, Paul Mescul, and Bill Nighy.
While Butler lost the trophy to Fraser, it looks like he didn’t quite lose his grip on the Elvis drawl, which stood out like an omnipresent force on the red carpet. And people were not merciful when they called him out on the same.
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Austin Butler’s Conspicuous Elvis Accent on the Red Carpet at Oscars 2023
During his red-carpet interviews at the 95th Academy Awards on March 12, 2023, Austin Butler‘s interactions consisted mainly of two things – his gratitude for earning his first-ever Oscar nomination, and the obvious Elvis Presley accent that for better or worse, accentuated his tone.
“Oh man, all my words are leaving me. I just am so grateful right now,” Butler exclaimed in a voice distinguished enough to allude to that of the King of Rock and Roll. “I’m in this room full of my heroes. Brad [Pitt], I love you. Quentin [Tarantino], I printed out the ‘Pulp Fiction’ script when I was 12. I cannot believe I’m here right now,”
Unfortunately for him though, Brendan Fraser ended up bagging the Academy Award for the Best Actor for his leading role in The Whale. And fans certainly didn’t seem to be too impressed as they trolled the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star for his “fake Elvis accent.”
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Austin Butler Gets Blasted for Still Talking in His Elvis Voice
While some derided him for still holding onto his Elvis accent, others took shots at him, claiming to be “sick of it” after all this time. And it definitely doesn’t help Butler’s case that he delivered his acceptance speech in the same accent when he won a Golden Globe for the Luhrmann-helmed film.
“When is Austin Butler losing the accent? Or is it part of his DNA now?” An Oscar viewer mocked while another wrote, “Austin Butler DROP THAT F*ING ACCENT!!!!!”
Not all were subtle about their reactions either as someone even threatened to “commit a crime” if Butler didn’t “drop his d*mn accent.”
Twitter has been flooded with trolls and fan reactions about the same.
austin butler talked in that accent for so long just to lose the oscar pic.twitter.com/ww7ribnFmu
— chase. (@cfree94) March 13, 2023
Will Austin Butler retire his accent tonight
— I could’ve just sat on in with massa (@WrittenByHanna) March 13, 2023
Austin Butler and his stupid twang accent give me the ick so horrendously bad 😭
— heather (@imisszarry) March 11, 2023
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austin butler been faking that accent for years now just for elvis to not win anything pic.twitter.com/LqajIWuVW9
— bailey. (@hrrycvlt) March 13, 2023
Austin Butler needs to lose that accent asap. We are very VERY tired atp!
— 🖕🏾 (@amackieee) March 12, 2023
Just a month after he won a Golden Globe for Elvis, Butler mentioned how he planned on “getting rid of the accent” when he appeared on The Graham Norton Show. “I am getting rid of the accent, but I have probably damaged my vocal cords with all that singing,” the Disney alum claimed. But it looks like he hasn’t gotten any closer to his goal than he was back then.
Source: Page Six