As Joaquin Phoenix scooped up the prize of ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading role’ at 2020 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards he took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Heath Ledger.
The star took home the prize for his role in Todd Phillips’ origin film Joker, a role that Phoenix said couldn’t have been possible without Ledger’s outstanding performance in The Dark Knight.
The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards was a memorable night for Parasite as it became the first non-English language film to win the Ensemble Cast for a Motion Picture. Other winners included Laura Dern and Sam Rockwell who took home prizes for their performances in Marriage Story and Fosse/Verdon respectively. Full lists of winners are here.
Phoenix’s award came with huge applause and saw the star deliver a humble speech in which he spent most of his moments on stage praising the work of the other nominees.
Nearing the end of his speech, Phoenix then chose to offer up his praise of Heath Ledger who passed away in 2008, claiming the star was his one of his favourites, “I am standing here on the shoulders of my favourite actor, Heath Ledger.”
Watch the full speech, below.