The Oscar for the best actor goes to the actor in the leading role in the movie Joker.
Joaquin Phoenix (45) had four Oscar nominations during his life.
Three of the nominations were for a leading role in Joker, The Master, and Walk the Line, and the last one was for the supporting role in Gladiator.
The role of a Clown Prince of Crime brought him the most prestige award in the world of cinematography.
He became the second actor to receive an Oscar for performing the role of Joker. The first Oscar took Heath Ledger for playing Joker in the movie The Dark Night.
The movie Joker, by Todd Phillips, has reached tremendous success. It was the first billion-dollar rated movie, and it was critically acclaimed and also gained numerous awards.
Besides Phoenix’s Oscar, Hildur Guðnadóttir won an Oscar in the category Best Original Score.
It was a night for putting the cherry on the cake. Phoenix already brought home the BAFTA, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Award, and SAG Award, and the Oscar was the cherry, as the most prestigious one.
Although Joker was the potential winner of the Oscar, he had a high threat from Adam Driver, who performed in the Netflix’ Marriage Story. Adam Driver has numerous nominations for Oscar too, but anyway, it wasn’t as good as Joker.
When Phoenix accepted the SAG Award, he had a speech. In his statement, he said to Driver that he was outstanding in the film, and in the past couple of years, he had an eye on him and his work. Phoenix said that Driver moved him and that Driver should take his place.
Furthermore, other competitors next to Joker were Antonio Banderas and his performance in the movie Pain and Glory, Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Jonathan Pryce for the Two Popes.
During the many ceremonies, Joaquin Phoenix used his speeches to talk about the pertinent problems, like the environment or the need for diversity in the film industry. He was alluding to BAFTAs for not recognizing a single person of color. In addition, we present to you the speech of Joaquin Phoenix, it is worth to read it!
I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here. I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from.
I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, although that’s what we give ourselves every year. I think that people just want to be acknowledged, appreciated, and respected for their work.
This is not a self-righteous condemnation because I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem. I have not done everything in my power to ensure that the sets I work on being inclusive, but I think that it’s more than just having multicultural sets.
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 2, 2020
He continued his speech by saying that the obligation of every human person that creates and perpetuates and benefits from a system of oppression, must be the one to dismantle it. That is our responsibility. We are obliged to do that.
Joker is described as a shocking, provocative, utterly beautiful vision of a cruel set alight, and it is declared as the best movie of 2019.