Angela Bassett was proper there when Austin Butler was bracing himself for the Greatest Actor announcement on the Oscars.
The actress instructed of reaching for his hand in a brief essay that ran with a TIME 100 tribute to Butler that was printed right this moment.
Butler was vying for Greatest Actor honors with Colin Farrell, Invoice Nighy, Paul Mescal, and Brendan Fraser, the latter the eventual winner.
“On the night of the Oscars, with Austin seated subsequent to me, I understood intimately what he felt when it was time to study if he would climb these stairs to the stage,” Bassett wrote. “So, I took his hand and held it softly because the winner was introduced. Though his title wasn’t known as, Austin isn’t any much less a winner.”
Bassett herself was nominated for Black Panther: Wakanda Endlessly. A lot was written about her obvious disappointment when her title wasn’t known as. However she was much more understanding of what not profitable can imply.
The Butler loss isn’t the tip, however a starting for Butler, who can shed his “Elvis” persona now.
“The time had come for Austin to say goodbye to Elvis as he started to embrace an infinite universe of prospects as an actor. I can’t wait to see what he brings us subsequent.”
Butler and Bassett met on the awards circuit and shortly hit it off.
“Regardless of all that swirled round him, Austin opened his coronary heart to new associates,” Bassett mentioned. “I used to be lucky to be one in all them.”
Bassett, who was Oscar-nominated for her portrayal of Tina Tuner within the 1993 movie What’s Love Acquired To Do With It, is aware of how laborious it may be to shed a strong characteriation.
“Rather a lot goes into an actor’s discovering their approach into an icon, not pretending to be them, however providing a perspective on the artist as we carry out slices of their story,” Bassett wrote. “You stroll away from that set eternally modified. Your hope is that when individuals see the movie, they don’t see you — they see an artist’s journey by way of a distinct lens. Austin achieved this with a brilliantly nuanced efficiency.”