Austin Butler and Colin Farrell Win Best-Actor Awards at the Golden Globes 2023 Butler thanked Elvis, while Jenny the donkey was honored by the Banshees of Inisherin star.
Colin Farrell and Austin Butler both received new Golden Globes 2023 awards on Tuesday. For his portrayal in The Banshees of Inisherin, Farrell received the prize for best actor in a comedy or musical, while Butler received the award for drama actor for Elvis.
“I never anticipate films to succeed or find an audience, and when they do, it astounds me,” Farrell remarked in his acceptance speech. The pleasant performer took care to acknowledge his director, Martin McDonagh, with whom he initially collaborated on the 2008 film In Bruges. “I owe you so much…you changed the course of my life in ways for which I will begrudgingly grateful for the rest of my days,” he said.
The actor plays Pádraic Silleabháin in Banshees, an Irish guy whose idyllic life is upended when his long-time best friend stops speaking to him. “He inhabits a purity that I’ve never—and I’m fine with never—but I’ve never accessed it to the same degree or as regularly as he does,” Farrell recently said of his Banshees character to Vanity Fair.
Fellow candidates were Babylon’s Diego Calva, Glass Onion’s Daniel Craig, White Noise’s Adam Driver, and The Menu’s Ralph Fiennes, but Farrell had been in the lead for much of the season due to the critical praise for his role in Banshees.
Farrell won the Volpi Cup for best actor at the Venice Film Festival, and he’s received numerous other honors and awards since the film’s world premiere, including the New York Film Critics Circle acting prize, the National Society of Film Critics award, and the National Board of Review’s best-actor award.
Farrell also expressed gratitude to his co-stars. “I love you so much, Brendan. To be able to share this creative space with you every day…all I did every day was aim to be your equal,” he added to his co-star Brendan Gleeson, while also praising Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan.
Jenny the donkey, the dark comedy’s big star, received his final thank you. “She’s taking an early retirement because she said, ‘Fuck the film business, you’re welcome to it,'” says one source. “I’m one and done,” he laughed.
Speaking of emerging stars, Austin Butler has had a spectacular climb since the summer premiere of Elvis, in which he plays the music icon. The 31-year-old actor, whose previous credits include The Carrie Diaries and Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, portrays Elvis Presley’s rise to prominence as well as his personal and professional tribulations, while also performing several of the singer’s most iconic songs.
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“I owe this to a daring, imaginative filmmaker who allowed me to take risks and I always knew I’d be supported,” Butler said as he took his trophy from his director. He also made a point of thanking the Presleys for “opening [their] hearts” to him.
Butler received critical accolades for the flamboyant film, directed by Baz Luhrmann, and it set him on the route to awards season, with stops at the Palm Springs Film Festival and the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival. He competed against Brendan Fraser for The Whale, Hugh Jackman for The Son, Bill Nighy for Living, and Jeremy Pope for The Inspection in this category.
Butler, who will be seen next in Dune 2, concluded his address by thanking his family. And Particularly his sister, who was in attendance. He concluded his address by thanking Presley personally. “You were an icon and a rebel, and I adored you,” he continued.