Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor Golden Globe for ‘JOKER’

Joaquin Phoenix accepts the award for Best Actor for JOKER at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

American actor Joaquin Phoenix’s stellar performance in JOKER has given him his first major award with a 2020 Golden Globes win on Sunday at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Up against a solid A-list field that included Christian Bale, Antonio Banderas, Adam Driver, and Jonathan Pryce, Phoenix, through his Arthur Fleck alter ego, stole the show for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category.

JOKER, the most successful comic book and R-rated fill of all time, got three nominations at the 77th staging of the prestigious award show and vied for Best Director as well as Best Motion Picture.

Phoenix’s acceptance speech, while censored in some part, received mixed reactions by many; even being hailed one of the weirdest in recent times.

The actor tearily thanked his partner Rooney Mara and apologized to director Todd Phillips for being “such a pain in the ass.”

“Contrary to popular belief I don’t want to rock the boat. The boat is [expletive deleted] rocked,” he said.

Oscar buzz for JOKER remains feverishly high approaching next week Monday’s nomination announcements on January 13, with Phoenix and director Todd Phillips considered major contenders for Actor and Director of the Year.