Austin Butler baffled viewers with his acceptance speech during the 80th Golden Globe Awards last night.
The event celebrated excellence in film and television from 2022, taking place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, and it was a night to remember.
An esteemed panel of professionals from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association selected the most deserving winners.
It was a prestigious occasion, filled with stars from all corners of the entertainment industry that were excited to be honoured for their hard work and dedication.
Obviously, the Hollywood Foreign Press has not been without controversy over the last few years, and that is something that many people wanted them to address.
During the show, President Helen Hoehne mentioned the changes made to the organisation in order to ensure that its members had a more diverse representation. “We commit to continue strengthening our partnership with Hollywood and with the worldwide fans who celebrate the best on film and television,” she said. “We will continue to support groups that amplify a variety of voices and continue to add representation to our organisation from around the world as we did this past year.”
The HFP’s lack of diversity was also addressed by Host Jerrod Carmichael: “I’m here because I’m Black,” he said in his opening monologue, adding that the association “did not have a single Black member until George Floyd died.”
His comments seemed to spark a positive response from Twitter users, and his name quickly began trending on the site.
Aside from that, there were some clear stars of the show when it came to accepting awards. Unsurprisingly, The Banshees of Inisherin won best picture, for a musical or comedy, and received a whopping eight nominations throughout the night.
Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans won the final award of the night for the best motion picture drama.
When it came to the TV category, HBO’s House of the Dragon won best drama television series, while Abbott Elementary won best television series, musical or comedy. The White Lotus was also very successful, winning best limited series, anthology, or TV movie.
A whole host of incredible performers took to the stage last night to accept awards for their talents, but it was newbie Austin Butler that conjured up a lot of confused comments from viewers when it came to his acceptance speech.
Many pointed out online that the star was using his “Elvis voice” after taking the stage to accept his award for the 2022 biopic, directed by Baz Luhrmann.
“Oh man, all my words are leaving me. I just am so grateful right now. 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,” Butler said, sounding suspiciously similar to the rock ‘n’ roll icon.
“The Presley family, thank you guys for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me,” he said, adding: “Lisa Marie and Priscilla, I love you forever.”
Fans were quick to take to Twitter to discuss their thoughts on the whole thing…
One user wrote: “Austin Butler has one more chance to shut the Elvis voice off I swear to god.”
While another added: “Austin Butler still talking in that god damn Elvis voice…” added another.
“Have never committed to anything the way Austin Butler has committed to the Elvis voice,” a third said.