Critics Choice Awards 2023: Austin Butler looks crestfallen losing Best Actor gong to Brendan Fraser

Austin Butler looks crestfallen as he loses out on Best Actor Critics’ Choice gong to Brendan Fraser after Golden Globes win – as fans ‘send love’ to Elvis actor after Lisa Marie Presley’s death

  • Elvis leading man, 31, was up for Best Actor honors at award show in LA
  • Appearance came just days after the death of his friend Presley at 54 
  • Lisa Marie was on hand to cheer on Butler when he won Golden Globe last week 
  • Butler said he’d ‘forever cherish’ his experiences with the late star 
  • READ MORE: Critics’ Choice WINNERS: Brendan Fraser weeps at award 

Austin Butler looked crestfallen as he lost out on the Best Actor gong to Brendan Fraser at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards – days after the death of Lisa Marie Presley.

The Elvis leading man, 31, appeared stoic when Fraser was announced as winner at the show, which came just three days after the shocking death of his friend Lisa Marie Presley at 54.

Lisa Marie had been on hand to cheer on the Anaheim, California native when he collected a Golden Globe award last Tuesday, just two days before her death at a Los Angeles-area hospital Thursday.

Stoic: Austin Butler looked crestfallen as he lost out on the Best Actor gong to Brendan Fraser at Sunday's Critics' Choice Awards - days after the death of Lisa Marie Presley

Stoic: Austin Butler looked crestfallen as he lost out on the Best Actor gong to Brendan Fraser at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards – days after the death of Lisa Marie Presley

Some users on Twitter shared their interpretations of the blank reaction Butler had to Fraser’s victory, with one writing, ‘Oh Austin Butler is not happy.’

Another said Butler was ‘completely unable to hide how mad’ he was in missing out on the honor in a neck and neck award season race opposite Fraser, who has been lauded for his performance in The Whale.

Others took to his defense citing the sadness Butler is experiencing in the wake of Lisa Marie’s death, as one user said, ‘He is grieving Lisa Marie’s death, be kind.’

Another said, ‘He just lost his close friend in Lisa Marie – cut him some slack if he doesn’t look happy tonight,’ while another noted that ‘his mind and heart are elsewhere’ days after Lisa Marie’s tragic passing. 

Critics’ Choice Awards WINNERS 2023: AT A GLANCE

 FILM

BEST PICTURE: Everything Everywhere All at Once

BEST ACTOR: Brendan Fraser – The Whale

BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett – Tár

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

BEST DIRECTOR: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Sarah Polley – Women Talking

BEST COMEDY: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

His moment: Brendan Fraser sobbed as he earned Best Actor for The Whale

His moment: Brendan Fraser sobbed as he earned Best Actor for The Whale

 

 TELEVISION

BEST DRAMA SERIES: Better Call Saul (AMC)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Zendaya – Euphoria (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Giancarlo Esposito – Better Call Saul (AMC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus (HBO)

BEST COMEDY SERIES: Abbott Elementary (ABC)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jeremy Allen White – The Bear (FX)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jean Smart – Hacks (HBO Max) – WINNER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Henry Winkler – Barry (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

BEST LIMITED SERIES: The Dropout (Hulu)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Amanda Seyfried – The Dropout (Hulu) – WINNER

 

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His moment: Brendan Fraser sobbed as he led the way for a night of epic career comebacks as he earned a top honor at the Critics' Choice Awards

His moment: Brendan Fraser sobbed as he led the way for a night of epic career comebacks as he earned a top honor at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Butler's stoic reaction prompted a number of posts on social media from Critics' Choice viewers

Not to be: The star won the Golden Globe last week

Butler’s stoic reaction prompted a number of posts on social media from Critics’ Choice viewers 

Acclaimed: The star has won rave reviews and Oscar buzz for his role in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis

Acclaimed: The star has won rave reviews and Oscar buzz for his role in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis

Already won: Austin beat Fraser to the Golden Globe for best actor last Tuesday (pictured)

Already won: Austin beat Fraser to the Golden Globe for best actor last Tuesday (pictured)

Some users on Twitter shared their interpretations of the blank reaction Butler had to Fraser's victory

Some users on Twitter shared their interpretations of the blank reaction Butler had to Fraser’s victory

Others took to Butler's defense, noting he is mourning the death of Lisa Marie Presley

Others took to Butler’s defense, noting he is mourning the death of Lisa Marie Presley 

The actor posed with Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley at the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Tuesday, just two days before Lisa Marie's death

The actor posed with Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley at the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Tuesday, just two days before Lisa Marie’s death

Following Lisa Marie’s death Thursday, Butler said he’d ‘forever cherish’ his experiences with Lisa Marie when he was working on the Baz Luhrmann biopic of her father, and that his ‘heart is completely shattered’ following her death.

‘My heart is completely shattered for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla at the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie,’ Butler said in a statement. ‘I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared.

‘Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered.’

Butler was seen smiling in the wake of Fraser being announced as the winner

Butler was seen smiling in the wake of Fraser being announced as the winner

Butler posed with Elvis director Baz Luhrmann at the event at Fairmont Century Plaza in LA

Butler posed with Elvis director Baz Luhrmann at the event at Fairmont Century Plaza in LA

Luhrmann shared a memorial to Lisa Marie on Instagram which featured an image of Butler and the late star

Luhrmann shared a memorial to Lisa Marie on Instagram which featured an image of Butler and the late star

Luhrmann shared a memorial to Lisa Marie on Instagram which featured an image of Butler and Lisa Marie.

‘Over the last year, the entire Elvis movie family and I have felt the privilege of Lisa Marie’s kind embrace,’ he said. ‘Her sudden, shocking loss has devastated people all around the world.

‘I know her fans everywhere join me in sharing prayers of love and support with her [family] … Lisa Marie, we will miss your warmth, your smile, your love.’

Following Lisa Marie's death Thursday, Butler said he'd 'forever cherish' his experiences with Lisa Marie when he was working on the Baz Luhrmann biopic of her father. The pair were spotted earlier this month at an event in honor of Elvis's birthday in LA

Following Lisa Marie’s death Thursday, Butler said he’d ‘forever cherish’ his experiences with Lisa Marie when he was working on the Baz Luhrmann biopic of her father. The pair were spotted earlier this month at an event in honor of Elvis’s birthday in LA 

In his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes after winning Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama, Butler thanked Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley for their support amid the making of the motion picture

In his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes after winning Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama, Butler thanked Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley for their support amid the making of the motion picture

Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley were emotional in taking in Butler's win at the Globes last week

Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley were emotional in taking in Butler’s win at the Globes last week

In his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes after winning Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama, Butler thanked Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley for their support amid the making of the motion picture.

‘I also want to thank … the Presley family, thank you guys, thank you for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me,’ he said. ‘Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever.’

Speaking with Extra host Billy Bush, ahead of the Golden Globes, Lisa Marie said that she thought Butler, in his performance as Elvis, had nailed the ‘characteristics [and] the talking without doing it like in a caricature way like it’s been done in the past’.

She added: ‘It’s kind of done in sort of a funny, joking way, the way [Elvis] spoke, but Austin actually got it and did it perfectly without making it comical.’ 

Butler was pictured alongside actress Cate Blanchett, 53, at the event in Southern California

Butler was pictured alongside actress Cate Blanchett, 53, at the event in Southern California 

The stars were seen in a friendly embrace at the event amid the middle of awards season

The stars were seen in a friendly embrace at the event amid the middle of awards season

Blanchett won the Best Actress award at the event for her performance in Tár

Blanchett won the Best Actress award at the event for her performance in Tár

Critics’ Choice Awards 2023: WINNERS

 FILM

BEST PICTURE

Avatar: The Way of Water

Babylon

The Banshees of Inisherin

Elvis

Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

The Fabelmans

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

RRR

Tár

Top Gun: Maverick

Women Talking

Everything Everywhere All at Once won many major categories including Best Picture

Everything Everywhere All at Once won many major categories including Best Picture

 

BEST ACTOR

Austin Butler – Elvis

Tom Cruise – Top Gun: Maverick

Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin

Brendan Fraser – The Whale – WINNER

Paul Mescal – Aftersun

Bill Nighy – Living

 

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett – Tár – WINNER

Viola Davis – The Woman King

Danielle Deadwyler – Till

Margot Robbie – Babylon

Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans

Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Cate Blanchet earned Best Actress for Tar

Cate Blanchet earned Best Actress for Tar

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Paul Dano – The Fabelmans

Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin

Judd Hirsch – The Fabelmans

Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin

Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER

Jessie Buckley – Women Talking

Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin

Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Janelle Monáe – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Frankie Corio – Aftersun

Jalyn Hall – Till

Gabriel LaBelle – The Fabelmans – WINNER

Bella Ramsey – Catherine Called Birdy

Banks Repeta – Armageddon Time

Sadie Sink – The Whale

 

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

The Banshees of Inisherin

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Fabelmans

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – WINNER

The Woman King

Women Talking

 

BEST DIRECTOR

James Cameron – Avatar: The Way of Water

Damien Chazelle – Babylon

Todd Field – Tár

Baz Luhrmann – Elvis

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin

Sarah Polley – Women Talking

Gina Prince-Bythewood – The Woman King

S. S. Rajamouli – RRR

Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Todd Field – Tár

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin

Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner – The Fabelmans

Charlotte Wells – Aftersun

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Samuel D. Hunter – The Whale

Kazuo Ishiguro – Living

Rian Johnson – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Rebecca Lenkiewicz – She Said

Sarah Polley – Women Talking – WINNER

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Russell Carpenter – Avatar: The Way of Water

Roger Deakins – Empire of Light

Florian Hoffmeister – Tár

Janusz Kaminski – The Fabelmans

Claudio Miranda – Top Gun: Maverick – WINNER

Linus Sandgren – Babylon

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Hannah Beachler, Lisa K. Sessions – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Rick Carter, Karen O’Hara – The Fabelmans

Dylan Cole, Ben Procter, Vanessa Cole – Avatar: The Way of Water

Jason Kisvarday, Kelsi Ephraim – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Bev Dunn – Elvis

Florencia Martin, Anthony Carlino – Babylon – WINNER

 

BEST EDITING

Tom Cross – Babylon

Eddie Hamilton – Top Gun: Maverick

Stephen Rivkin, David Brenner, John Refoua, James Cameron – Avatar: The Way of Water

Paul Rogers – Everything Everywhere All at Once – WINNER

Matt Villa, Jonathan Redmond – Elvis

Monika Willi – Tár

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Ruth E. Carter – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER

Jenny Eagan – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Shirley Kurata – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Catherine Martin – Elvis

Gersha Phillips – The Woman King

Mary Zophres – Babylon

 

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP

Babylon

The Batman

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Elvis – WINNER

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Whale

Austin Butler did not win Best Actor but Elvis did earn Best Hair and Makeup

Austin Butler did not win Best Actor but Elvis did earn Best Hair and Makeup

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avatar: The Way of Water – WINNER

The Batman

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Everything Everywhere All at Once

RRR

Top Gun: Maverick

 

BEST COMEDY

The Banshees of Inisherin

Bros

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – WINNER

Triangle of Sadness

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – WINNER

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red

Wendell & Wild

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

All Quiet on the Western Front

Argentina, 1985

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Close

Decision to Leave

RRR – WINNER

 

BEST SONG

Carolina – Where the Crawdads Sing

Ciao Papa – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Hold My Hand – Top Gun: Maverick

Lift Me Up – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Naatu Naatu – RRR – WINNER

New Body Rhumba – White Noise

 

BEST SCORE

Alexandre Desplat – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Michael Giacchino – The Batman

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Tár – WINNER

Hildur Guðnadóttir – Women Talking

Justin Hurwitz – Babylon

John Williams – The Fabelmans

 TELEVISION

BEST DRAMA SERIES

Andor (Disney+)

Bad Sisters (Apple TV+)

Better Call Saul (AMC) – WINNER

The Crown (Netflix)

Euphoria (HBO)

The Good Fight (Paramount+)

House of the Dragon (HBO)

Severance (Apple TV+)

Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jeff Bridges – The Old Man (FX)

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)

Diego Luna – Andor (Disney+)

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC) – WINNER

Adam Scott – Severance (Apple TV+)

Antony Starr – The Boys (Prime Video)

Bob Odenkirk earned Best Actor in a Drama Series for Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk earned Best Actor in a Drama Series for Better Call Saul

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Christine Baranski – The Good Fight (Paramount+)

Sharon Horgan – Bad Sisters (Apple TV+)

Laura Linney – Ozark (Netflix)

Mandy Moore – This Is Us (NBC)

Kelly Reilly – Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

Zendaya – Euphoria (HBO) – WINNER

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Andre Braugher – The Good Fight (Paramount+)

Ismael Cruz Córdova – The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video)

Michael Emerson – Evil (Paramount+)

Giancarlo Esposito – Better Call Saul (AMC) – WINNER

John Lithgow – The Old Man (FX)

Matt Smith – House of the Dragon (HBO)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Milly Alcock – House of the Dragon (HBO)

Carol Burnett – Better Call Saul (AMC)

Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus (HBO) – WINNER

Julia Garner – Ozark (Netflix)

Audra McDonald – The Good Fight (Paramount+)

Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul (AMC) 

Jennifer Coolidge gave an inspiring speech as she won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The White Lotus

Jennifer Coolidge gave an inspiring speech as she won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The White Lotus

 

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Abbott Elementary (ABC) – WINNER

Barry (HBO)

The Bear (FX)

Better Things (FX)

Ghosts (CBS)

Hacks (HBO Max)

Reboot (Hulu)

Reservation Dogs (FX)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Matt Berry – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Bill Hader – Barry (HBO)

Keegan-Michael Key – Reboot (Hulu)

Steve Martin – Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Jeremy Allen White – The Bear (FX) – WINNER

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai – Reservation Dogs (FX)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Christina Applegate – Dead to Me (Netflix)

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)

Renée Elise Goldsberry – Girls5eva (Peacock)

Devery Jacobs – Reservation Dogs (FX)

Jean Smart – Hacks (HBO Max) – WINNER

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Brandon Scott Jones – Ghosts (CBS)

Leslie Jordan – Call Me Kat (Fox)

James Marsden – Dead to Me (Netflix)

Chris Perfetti – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Henry Winkler – Barry (HBO) – WINNER

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Paulina Alexis – Reservation Dogs (FX)

Ayo Edebiri – The Bear (FX)

Marcia Gay Harden – Uncoupled (Netflix)

Janelle James – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Annie Potts – Young Sheldon (CBS)

Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary (ABC) – WINNER

 

BEST LIMITED SERIES

The Dropout (Hulu) – WINNER

Gaslit (Starz)

The Girl from Plainville (Hulu)

The Offer (Paramount+)

Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Station Eleven (HBO Max)

This Is Going to Hurt (AMC+)

Under the Banner of Heaven (FX)

 

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Fresh (Hulu)

Prey (Hulu)

Ray Donovan: The Movie (Showtime)

The Survivor (HBO)

Three Months (Paramount+)

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel) – WINNER

 

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Ben Foster – The Survivor (HBO)

Andrew Garfield – Under the Banner of Heaven (FX)

Samuel L. Jackson – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (Apple TV+)

Daniel Radcliffe – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel) – WINNER

Sebastian Stan – Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Ben Whishaw – This is Going to Hurt (AMC+)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Julia Garner – Inventing Anna (Netflix)

Lily James – Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Amber Midthunder – Prey (Hulu)

Julia Roberts – Gaslit (Starz)

Michelle Pfeiffer – The First Lady (Showtime)

Amanda Seyfried – The Dropout (Hulu) – WINNER

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Murray Bartlett – Welcome to Chippendales (Hulu)

Domhnall Gleeson – The Patient (FX)

Matthew Goode – The Offer (Paramount+)

Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird (Apple TV+) – WINNER

Ray Liotta – Black Bird (Apple TV+)

Shea Whigham – Gaslit (Starz)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Claire Danes – Fleishman Is in Trouble (FX)

Dominique Fishback – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (Apple TV+)

Betty Gilpin – Gaslit (Starz)

Melanie Lynskey – Candy (Hulu)

Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix) – WINNER

Juno Temple – The Offer (Paramount+) 

Niecy Nash-Betts  won Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for TV for Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Niecy Nash-Betts  won Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for TV for Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES

1899 (Netflix)

Borgen (Netflix)

Extraordinary Attorney Woo (Netflix)

Garcia! (HBO Max)

The Kingdom Exodus (MUBI)

Kleo (Netflix)

My Brilliant Friend (HBO)

Pachinko (Apple TV+) – WINNER

Tehran (Apple TV+)

 

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

Bluey (Disney+)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal (Adult Swim)

Harley Quinn (HBO Max) – WINNER

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Paramount+)

Undone (Prime Video)

 

BEST TALK SHOW

The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock)

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – WINNER

Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)

Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Bravo)

 

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL

Fortune Feimster: Good Fortune (Netflix)

Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel (HBO)

Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual (Netflix)

Nikki Glaser: Good Clean Filth (HBO)

Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (Netflix) – WINNER

Would It Kill You to Laugh? Starring Kate Berlant & John Early (Peacock)

 

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