The Joker won

A sign of our time

“I’ve been a scoundrel in my life. I’ve been selfish. I’ve been cruel at times, hard to work with, and I’m grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance.”

This is only part of Oscar speech — Best Actor in Todd Phillips’ Joker used by Joaquin Phoenix not just to talk about his life path, but to call attention to serious causes too.

“We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity,” he said.

“I think that’s when we’re at our best — when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow, when we educate each other, when we guide each other towards redemption. That is the best of humanity.”

Joaquin concluded his speech by emotionally quoting a lyric written by his late brother, River Phoenix, when he was 17 years old: “Run into the rescue with love and peace will follow.”

After Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, for the role of Vito Coreleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, this is the second time two actors have won Oscars for playing the same character. The first person to win the award for playing the Joker character was Heath Ledger, who won posthumously in 2009 for his role in The Dark Knight.

After mafia and gangsters, could this be another sign/character of our time?

Joker in Santiago (Chile) – Photo: Javier Felipe Figueroa

Joker in firefighters protest in Paris (France)

Joaquin Phoenix & Rooney Mara at the 2020 Academy Awards – Photo: Greg Williams


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