Joaquin Phoenix's surreal journey to Best Actor
The actor took home his first Oscar for his role in 'Joker'
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Joaquin Phoenix has a reputation as a dedicated performer, going to great lengths for his craft and breaking all the rules along the way. His career has spanned films like 'Gladiator,' 'Her,' and 'The Master,' but he's finally won his first Academy Award for his titular role in Todd Phillips's 'Joker.'
In his acceptance speech, he rounded out his awards season activism by uniting all causes, from gender inequality to animal rights, and criticizing all abuses of power. He also admitted he was "cruel" and hard to work with in the past, but that he's thankful for his second chance and proof that cancel culture is not the answer. The actor's willingness to go against what is expected of him is perhaps why his performance in 'Joker' is so incredible.
Following a long line of actors who've put on Joker's makeup, Phoenix had to completely reinvent this well-known villain, but his life experiences are proof enough that he brings a unique complexity to the screen. Click through to learn some strange and surreal facts about the actor's life.
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