Angela Bassett recalled the moment she held Austin Butler’s hand on Oscar night 2023 as the winner of the Best Actor award was announced.
Angela Bassett he held hands with Austin Butler during the night of the Oscar 2023 as the name of who would win the Best Actor award was announced. The statuette has since been withdrawn from Brendan Fraser for his role in The Whale.
The image of Angela Bassett shaking Austin Butler’s hand in one of the crucial moments of the night of the 2023 Oscars has quickly gone viral. Butler was nominated in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of Elvis in the film opposite Tom Hanks. Bassett was nominated for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but the Oscar went to Jamie Lee Curtis for Everything Everywhere All at Once.
“On Oscar night, with Austin sitting next to me, I understood what he was feeling as it was time to know if he was going to take that stageBassett wrote in a tribute to Butler that appeared in Time which released its list of the 100 most influential people of 2023.
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“So, I took his hand and held it gently as the winner was announced. While his name hasn’t been called, Austin remains a winner. The time has come for him to say goodbye to Elvis as he begins to embrace an infinite universe of possibilities as an actor. Can’t wait to see what comes next” the Black Panther star said.
The actress had an Austin Butler-like experience when she portrayed Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic Tina – What’s Love Got to Do with It. the Turner. The statuette that year went to Holly Hunter for The Piano.
Meanwhile, Austin Butler will take a lead role in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part 2 joining the cast alongside Florence Pugh and Christopher Walken. The sequel will be released in theaters on November 3.