They said that an antagonist cannot win an award; however, this was defied when Heath Ledger won the Oscars for the best actor, and, now, it’s Joaquin Pheonix who did it with the same character! Indeed, it is Mr Joker who possesses the power to win an award as prestigious as the Oscars.
Such has been Joaquin Phoenix charm that he has ruled the 2020 award season. He scored the best actor in a motion picture and drama at the Golden Globes. To add, he pocketed the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role at the SAG Awards. Followed it by the leading actor at the BAFTAs and, also, as the leading actor at the Critic’s Choice Awards for his outstanding portrayal for his character Arthur Fleck, who subtly subsides into madness, thus, becoming a supervillain.
Joker was more than a sensation in theatres which was a rare feat for an R-rated film which netter $1 billion at the box office.
Though this was Joaquin Phoenix’s fourth nomination, with his first coming way back in 2001 for Gladiator, yet there was some certainty that this time that he will outclass everyone. However, there was something else that strikes a chord with the audience. And that is his message!
Joaquin Phoenix made sure that his speech makes an impact. At his acceptance speech, he touched upon those topics that are being overlooked for a very long time. He started with the polarized nature of humans before shifting to humanity’s impact on natural resources.
He further added, “We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.”
He extended this to himself, saying that the has “been cruel at times and hard to work with, and ungrateful” but he thanked those in attendance that have worked with him, given him a second chance, and he said that “we’re at our best when we give each other a second chance when we guide each other towards redemption.”
He further addressed the speculation about his past which also included his reputation of being difficult to work with.
He said, “I have been a scoundrel in my life. I’ve been selfish, I’ve been cruel at times, hard to work with, and I’m grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance. And, I think that’s when we’re at our best when we support each other, not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow when we educate each other when we guide each other toward redemption.”
He later concluded with his late brother’s lyrics, River, who died due to combined drug intoxication in 1993 at the age of 23, “When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric, he said: run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”