'I Understood Intimately What He Felt': Angela Bassett Held Austin Butler's Hand at the Oscars.

Austin Butler and Angela Bassett were both nominated for acting at the 95th Academy Awards in March.

At a crucial juncture in Austin Butler's career, Angela Bassett supported him.

As part of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2023 series, Bassett, 64, penned a piece about her friendship with Elvis star Butler,

31, on Thursday. She noted that they clasped hands at the 95th Academy Awards when the Best Actor trophy was given out.

Bassett claimed she was "fortunate" to become Butler's friend and praised his "brilliantly nuanced performance" in Elvis.

She added that she and Butler first met during the recent awards season.

"I understood intimately what he felt when it was time to learn if he would climb those stairs to the stage,

Bassett wrote in TIME as the couple sat together at the Oscars ceremony in March. I then gently held his hand as the victory was announced.