Golden Globe: Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor

Golden Globe: Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor

It’s looking more and more like Joaquin Phoenix’s year. The star picked up the statuette for best actor in a drama for Joker, beating out long-perceived fellow contenders like Adam Driver (Marriage Story) and Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory).

In his acceptance speech, which was heavily bleeped due to a string of profanities, Phoenix waved away the pomp and circumstance around awards shows, paying tribute to his fellow actors.

“I can’t believe the beautiful, mesmerizing, unique work that you’ve all done this year,” he said. “I know people say this, but I really do feel honoured to be mentioned with you. Some of you I reached out to personally. Some of you I’m still a little too intimidated by, even though we have the same agent—hi, Christian [Bale].”

He also gave a shoutout to his fiancée Rooney Mara, who sat in the audience. Then, he got political, thanking the HFPA for making the night’s menu plant-based. “It really sends a powerful message,” the longtime vegan said.

Phoenix, who appeared energetic and gleeful onstage, also remarked on earlier political speeches that included references to the fires that have been ravaging Australia. “It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that,” he said.

He also referenced Fosse/Verdon star Michelle Williams’ speech, which she used to urge women to vote in their best interests. “It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves….we don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs and back,” Phoenix noted.

The actor, and recent Vanity Fair cover star, has been a constant presence on the awards circuit thanks to Joker, directed by Todd Phillips. Phoenix is currently considered the frontrunner for the Oscar, earning a nice little bump thanks to his Globes win.

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