Actor Joaquin Phoenix won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his portrayal of the mentally unstable loner Arthur Fleck in comic book drama “Joker”, and he picked up the honor while making a climate change plea and blasting off the hypocrisy in Hollywood.
He beat Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”) and Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”) to win the award on Sunday night.
The actor accepted the trophy with an expletive-laden speech, much of which was muted out.
He started by thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for making meals at the award gala and then going on to pay tribute to his fellow nominees.
In the first of a few censored moments, he said: “To my fellow nominees, we all know there’s no f**king competition between us.
“I’m inspired by you. I can’t believe the beautiful, mesmerizing and unique work you’ve all done this year. I really do feel honored to be mentioned with you.”
He went on to thank “Joker” director Todd Phillips, and apologize for being “such a pain in the**”.
Thanking Phillips, the actor said: “You convinced me to do this movie and you encouraged me to give everything and be sincere. I am such a pain in the a**. I cannot believe you put up with me.” The actor, then, stressed on the importance of helping with climate change issues such as the raging bushfires in Australia. “Contrary to popular belief I don’t want to rock the boat. The boat is f**king rocked,” he said. (IANS)