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Todd Philips’ Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, wins the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

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Todd Phillips’, Joker bagged the Golden Lion Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, held on September 7. The movie is about the comic villain and stars Joaquin Phoenix.
The film premiered at the event last month and earned an overall enthusiastic reception. It’s exceptionally different genre had many critics and viewers amazed.
The movie, Joker, had already fumed a lot of controversies for its portrayal of Arthur Fleck (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a failed stand-up comedian who eventually turns out to be Clown Prince of Crime. This intriguing story-line has many already awaiting the October release.
In fact, many sites even claim that Joker may be possible Oscar contender. Phoenix’s performance has been much appreciated and applauded. Reportedly, his acting is transformative and terrifying, all at once.
In his acceptance speech of the award, Phillips thanked Warner Bros. and DC “for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking such a bold swing on me and this movie.” He also praised Phoenix, who later joined him on stage.
The director said, “There’s no movie without Joaquin Phoenix. Joaquin is the fiercest and brightest and most open-minded lion I know. Thank You for trusting me with your insane talent.”
Other winners of Golden Lion include Alfanso Cuaron’s Roma (and also won Oscar for Best Director), and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. ‘The Shape of Water’ also went on to win the Oscars for Best Picture/Director.
Joker has followed the legacy of some legendary projects including previous winners Ang Lee’s Oscar-winner Brokeback Mountain and Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler.
The second-place Silver Lion Grand Prize Jury went to Roman Polanski for An Officer and a Spy. This recipient of the award was under much controversy for being expelled from the Academy for having committed sexual assault and apparently, having fled to the U.S in the 1970s.

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