While at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Joaquin Phoenix was honored with an award for his role as the titular character in the newest Joker movie! That being said, it was a great opportunity for him to deliver another unforgettable acceptance speech.
The actor won in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role category.
As he accepted the trophy, he made sure to pay tribute to none other than the late Heath Ledger, who is also famous for his portrayal of the Joker.
Furthermore, Phoenix told the crowd what the award meant to him.
‘I was here many years ago and I couldn’t fully appreciate it at the time. I now realize just how fortunate I am to be part of this community which has such reverence for actors and for what we do.’
After joking about the big names he beat in this category, the award winner went on to pay tribute to Ledger, saying: ‘Really, I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favorite actor: Heath Ledger.’
He always manages to deliver speeches that catch everyone’s attention for one reason or another!
While this time around he did not mention climate change, he’s known for doing that at other award shows.
For instance, while delivering his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, he thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ‘for recognizing the link between animal agriculture and the climate change. Contrary to popular belief, I do not want to rock the boat. It is great to vote, but sometimes we also have to take that responsibility on ourselves and to make some changes and sacrifices in our own lives. I hope we can do that. We do not have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards.’
Also notably, a week later at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Phoenix made sure to pay tribute to his mother for not giving up on him ‘Even when self-pity led [him] astray.’