After Media Backlash, The “Joker” Still Manages To Win Awards

Joker” pulled off the unthinkable last night by winning not just one, but two Oscars. With 11 nominations, “Joker” managed to scored 2 wins for Best Original Music Score and Best Actor. Although, it is amazing that they won for the Best Original Music Score, the Best Actor award sticks out more for what it means and the interesting impact it has.

The Joker, as a character, has become 1 of only 2 characters to have two different actors win an Oscar for playing the same character. The first being Don Corleone from “The Godfather“, who was portrayed by Marlon Brando, who won the Oscar for Best Actor, and then Robert De Niro, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for a younger version of Don Corleone in “The Godfather Part III“. Now, Phoenix has won the Best Actor award which echoes that of the achievement that Heath Ledger managed to grasp for “The Dark Knight” in 2008.

Phoenix then proceeded to give one of the most moving acceptance speeches ever heard at the Oscars:

[We have to] continue to use our voice for the voiceless,” Phoenix said. “I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the distressing issues that we are facing collectively. I think at times we feel, or were made to feel, that we champion different causes, but for me, I see commonality. I think, whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice. We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity.

He continued, “I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world, and many of us, what we’re guilty of is an egocentric worldview — the belief that we’re the center of the universe. 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. Then, we take her milk, that’s intended for her calf, and we put it in our coffee and our cereal, and I think we fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something to give something up. But human beings, at our best, are so inventive and creative and ingenious, and I think that when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles, we can create, develop and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and to the environment.

Often these speeches seem phony when given by actors who are so clearly not apart of the moving world, but this one felt honest and true.

But what do you think of Phoenix winning the award, or what do you think of “Joker” winning two awards? Let us know by leaving a comment down below or getting in touch with us at Facebook and/or Twitter.


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