Voters have spoken by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and not only is Joaquin Phoenix’s depiction of a mad clown.
The transformation of hire into the insane Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips’ “Joker” among the best male performances of the year, but the film itself has received more Oscar nominations than any other release in 2019.
Phoenix was nominated for lead actor, and the film was nominated for best picture. Besides these prestigious awards, what other Oscar nominations and recognition did the great Joaquin Phoenix receive throughout his career? Find it out here!
Phoenix’s Career: Taking Off In The Oscars
Phoenix’s nomination comes after his recent victory for lead drama actor in the Golden Globes and a nomination for BAFTA. He is also up for his results to win a 2020 SAG Trophy.
It is uncommon for films focused on superhero comics to be recognized in any of the Academy Awards’ top categories, but “Joker” has now made it a row for two years.
Last year, Marvel’s “Black Panther” became the first superhero comic book film to be nominated for Oscar’s best picture (the award went to “Green Book,” which Times film critic Justin Chang called “the worst winner since ‘Crash'”). Phoenix is the second actor ever honored by the academy for a role based on a superhero comic book character.
The first was Heath Ledger, who won the supporting actor Oscar posthumously for his role in “The Dark Knight” in 2009. Ledger had played Joker, albeit in the Christopher Nolan film alongside Christian Bale’s Batman.
Phoenix’s Other Nominations In The Oscars
Other Oscar nominations for “Joker’s” include costume design, film composition, original score, sound recording, sound mixing, film making and hairstyling, adapted script, and Phillips for directing.
However, as an actor, Joaquin Phoenix’s record in Oscar’s flies with colors!
He was nominated as Best Actor in 2013 for the movie, “The Master.” He played a traumatized survivor of World War II, trying to adapt to Freddie Quell, a post-war world.
He has received the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Actor of the Year for his performance, the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor.
He has since been nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award, the BAFTA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award, the Critics’ Choice Film Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.
Before that, in 2006, he was nominated in the Oscars as Best Actor in “Walk the Line,” and in 2001, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for the movie “Gladiator.”
The Joker: Awards It Reaped
The season run of the “Joker’s” awards was notable as a film that divided viewers for its violence and the portrayal of its lead character as an antihero.
Shortly before its release, the film put those affected by gun violence on edge, with family members of victims of the 2012 mass shooting at an Aurora, Col., movie theater calling on Warner Bros. to donate to gun survivor groups and push for gun reform.
The uproar and fear about pre-release prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to raise coverage over the opening weekend of “Joker’s” movie theatres.
While after its world premiere in August, it won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, it opened up to negative reviews in the U.S.
Since its release in October, the film has grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the top-grossing R-rated film of all time.
While comic book fare is steadily overwhelming movie slates and the annual top-grossing film lists, the genre has drawn its critical share, including highly publicized remarks from another of this year’s Oscar winners, director Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman.”
Joaquin Phoenix is undeniably one of the best living actors! These nominations, awards, and recognitions do only prove that he is, but these also prove that his talent is rightfully recognized in whatever role he plays.