Last Updated on January 5, 2020
Joaquin Phoenix, who played the titular role in 2019’s blockbuster crime drama “Joker,” received his second career Golden Globe award Sunday night. The award was for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.
Phoenix had previously received a Golden Globe award in 2006 for the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line.” He is the second actor to receive a Golden Globe for portraying the Joker, after Heath Ledger for 2009’s “The Dark Knight.”
Phoenix had some charged language for the audience during his acceptance speech, criticizing the Hollywood elite for engaging political activism while flying around in private jets that pollute the environment.
“There is no f***ing best actor,” Phoenix said before being muted on the NBC live broadcast. “It’s great to vote but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives and I hope that we can do that we don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs sometimes or back, please.”
NBC vigorously attempted to play Phoenix off the stage with loud music, but to no avail.
“It’s really nice that so many people come up and sent their well-wishes to but we have to do more than that, right?” the actor said. “Such a beautiful gesture and I am a, uh, I have not always been a virtuous man. I’m learning so much so many of you in this room have given me multiple opportunities to get it right.”
The actor added, “Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat. But the boat is f***ing rocked.”
“Joker” set dozens of box office records and accumulated some $1.1 billion in box office revenue in 2019, defying critics, feminists, the U.S. army, and federal agents who claimed the film would flop or cause “alt-right incel violence.”
In the end, it appears Joaquin Phoenix got the last laugh at Society’s expense.