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Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor At Golden Globes 2020 For Joker

Amelia Ward

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Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor At Golden Globes 2020 For Joker

Joaquin Phoenix has won the 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture' award at this year's Golden Globes for his appearance as the titular villain in Joker.

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The actor scooped the award for his starring role in the film, beating the likes of Christian Bale and Adam Driver for the coveted prize.

He played the troubled character in what was one of the year's most-anticipated - and highest grossing - movies, which attracted acclaim as one of the finest portrayals of the infamous Clown Prince of Crime.

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The film itself is a dark, standalone look into the life of Batman's nemesis, and uncovers the story of a man rejected by society and explores what made him into the seemingly heartless man familiar to Batman fans.

The Dark Knight, in which The Joker was played by Heath Ledger, showed him as more of a multi-faceted character than we had seen before, but this Joker, depicted by Joaquin Phoenix, delves further into his origins.

Joker received a huge eight-minute-long standing ovation after it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, as reported by Variety.

And it's hardly surprising, considering fans and critics have been falling over themselves with praise for his performance since the movie hit cinemas.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

That and the fact it absolutely smashed it at the box office, raking in more than $1 billion worldwide - a feat made even more impressive when you take into account that it only cost $62.5m to make.

The film follows failed clown and comic Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) as he spirals into a life of psychopathic crime after society rejects him - in turn transforming into the Joker to wreak havoc on Gotham City.

As well as Phoenix, the origin story also stars Robert De Niro, as well as Deadpool 2's Zazie Beetz, who plays Arthur's unrequited 'love interest'.

Featured Image Credit: NBC

Topics: TV and Film, Golden Globes

Amelia Ward
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