The most recent iteration of the clown prince of crime, Joker, was nominated for the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion Award and furthermore, it won. The film, which premiered in the tail-end of last month, was well-received by critics and a decent sum of fans. Some were unhappy with the diversion of the film’s central character’s comic-based backstory, though.
Nevertheless, the flick not only was nominated for and won the Golden Lion Award, too. The award is a big honor since this is the first time film based on a comic.
The acceptance speech by its director, Todd Phillips, praised their lead actor for his performance. He even said there wouldn’t have been a film if it wasn’t for Joaquin Phoenix.
There is no movie without Joaquin Phoenix. Joaquin is the fiercest and brightest and most open-minded lion I know. Thank you for trusting me with your insane talent.
Recent winners of the prestigious prize include Roma, which took the prize in 2018, The Shape of Water from 2017, and The Woman Who Left in 2016. Older winners include The Wrestler in 2008 and Brokeback Mountain in 2005.
The future of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is unknown, but fans can only hope that this is a wake-up call for DC’s film quality.
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