Joaquin Phoenix wins Oscar for Best Actor for ‘Joker’

Joaquin Phoenix has won the Oscar for Best Actor for the movie Joker at the 92nd Academy Awards. Phoenix was the overwhelming favorite, seeing off competition from the likes of Marriage Story’s Adam Driver and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Leonardo DiCaprio.

In his long acceptance speech, the Oscar winner made an impassioned plea for human beings to stop fighting each other and to stop plundering our natural resources, placing a particular emphasis on the cruelty involved in industrial dairy farming.

He ended his emotional speech with a lyric written, aged 17, by his late brother, River:

Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.

Phoenix’s Joker is about a newbie standup comedian who has a disorder that makes him burst into uncontrollable laughter even at inappropriate moments. Moreover, he was obsessed with a talkshow host played by Robert De Niro.

Phoenix has made a virtual clean sweep of major awards for the role, winning best actor at the Baftas, the Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards, and best actor in a drama at the Golden Globes. He was nominated for two Best Actor awards at the Oscars in the past for Walk the Line in 2006 and The Master in 2013, but Joker gave his first win.


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