Joaquin Phoenix has walked away with the coveted Oscar for ‘Best Actor’ at the 92nd Academy Awards for his role as the Joker in Todd Phillips neo-noir psychological thriller.
Phoenix, whose performance has received widespread critical acclaim, took to the stage Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles to round off what has been an emphatic success for the DC Comics cinematic universe.
The film, which provides a possible origin story for the character of The Joker, is set in 1981 and follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian whose slow slip into insanity and transpires into a violent counter-cultural revolution against the wealthy and the ultimate demise of Gotham City.
Joker led the way at the 2020 Oscars, receiving 11 nominations in total which has culminated in widespread acclaim for Phoenix whose performance has claimed multiple gongs across the awards season.
“Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City,” the official film synopsis reads. “Arthur wears two masks—the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.”