Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor for ‘Joker’ at the 2020 Academy Awards

Joaquin Phoenix wins the Oscar for Best Actor at the 2020 Academy Awards for his role in ‘Joker’…

The Clown Prince of Crime has now earned two Oscars

On Sunday at the 2020 Academy Awards, Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for his role in ‘Joker’ joining the late great Heath Ledger, who also won for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

“I’m full of so much gratitude right now,” Phoenix said while accepting his Oscar.

Phoenix was the favorite to win the award after taking home the top prize at nearly every other major show leading up to the 2020 Oscars. This was his fourth nomination after previously being honored for his roles in “Gladiator,” “The Master,” and “Walk the Line” but his first win now comes from “Joker.”

Phoenix underwent major physical changes to play the role of Arthur Fleck, a tormented man who eventually transforms into the Joker.

“There were times when I found myself feeling for him, even feeling like I understood his motivation, and in the next moment I would be repulsed by the decisions he made,” Phoenix said about the character. “Playing this character was challenging for me as an actor, and I knew he would also challenge the audience and their preconceived ideas about the Joker, because in his fictional world, like in our real world, there are no easy answers.”

“Joker” actually led all films at the 2020 Academy Awards with 11 nominations with composer Hildur Guðnadóttir also taking home a win for Best Score.

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