Oscars 2020: Joaquin Phoenix Clinches Best Actor Award For Joker Role

This year’s Academy Award ceremony has just rounded up, and while joker took home the Oscar for Best Actor, he also lost the best picture award to Parasite…

Joaquin Phoenix on Sunday was announced Best Actor when awarded his first Oscar win for his role as clowned-face Arthur Fleck in Joker. After winning the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the BAFTA, Phoenix was named the odds-on favorite to win the prize over nominees Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes), and Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood). The four-time Oscar nominee was first nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for 2000’s Gladiator, where he played Commodus, and was later nominated for Best Actor for roles as Johnny Cash in 2005’s Walk the Lineand Freddie Quell in 2012’s The Master.


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Phoenix previously stated he had “a lot of fear” over portraying the titular character on his first collaboration with writer-director Todd Phillips. The filmmaker confessed both he and Phoenix shared a “certain fear” when stepping into the comic book movie genre for the first time. 

“I always say there’s motivating fear and debilitating fear. There’s the fear where you cannot make a f—king step, and there’s the kind where it’s like, ‘OK, what do we do? That’s not good enough.’ And you’re digging deeper and deeper. I love that kind of fear,” Phoenix told Total Film. “It guides us, makes us work harder.” 

Joker also led the nominees with 11 total nominations, including Best Picture, making it the first DC Comics film to compete for the Best motion picture award.

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