People aren’t buying Austin Butler’s Elvis voice.

The actor took home the award for Best Actor for his performance in Elvis. The 31-year-old channeled the late King of Rock & Roll with a deep, raspy southern drawl which, as fans have raced to point out, he was still using during his acceptance speech on Tuesday night.

“I just am so grateful right now,” he said. “I’m in this room full of my heroes.”

The touching speech was overshadowed by his apparent commitment to his character, despite being done filming for almost two years. Fans took to Twitter to poke fun at his accent, making sure to dig up old clips of his voice from his earlier roles over the last decade.

This isn’t the first time Butler’s voice change has been the subject of skepticism. When the actor hosted SNL in December 2022, he addressed the controversy during his opening monologue.

“There’s people out there who say that ever since I played Elvis, my voice has changed,” he said. “That it got deeper, more Elvis-y. But that’s not true. I’ve always sounded like this. I can prove it.”

He proceeded to show a clip of an interview from a decade ago when he had a role on The Carrie Diaries. In the video, his voice is pitched up to sound like a chipmunk, which elicited a roaring laugh from the audience.

In a more serious interview with Variety last month, Butler told Janelle Monáe that during the filming of Elvis, he didn’t see his family for three years.


“I had months where I wouldn’t talk to anybody, and when I did the only thing I was ever thinking about was Elvis,” he said. “And my voice, I was speaking in his voice the whole time.”

His role inspired a love for Presley, who he thanked at the end of his Golden Globes speech.

“You were an icon and a rebel,” he said. “And I love you so much.”

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