Joaquin Phoenix is a phenomenal actor, and he was recognized for winning Best Actor for his role in Joker. Accepting this award was a staple in Phoenix’s life, he put a lot into this movie, dedicating a lot of his time to it. The speech he then delivered left the audience with their jaws on the floor. It reflected the selflessness and dedication he has to the cinema. Jessica Cruser, a sophomore at Las Lomas high school, said, “My family and I saw him speak at the Golden Globes about the environment so we kind of expected him to talk about the environment and humans again, I wasn’t surprised about it. But, overall I thought it was very informational and eye-opening too. I am glad he was able to address the misfortunes that are occurring on the planet right now.”
The speech consisted of Phoenix speaking about the environment, then speaking of the way he used to be, and who he has become. “I am full of so much gratitude right now, and I do not feel elevated above any of my fellow nominees or anyone in this room,” Is how Phoenix started the speech. Then he talked about the environment, and his state of mind. He mentioned at one point that when he was a young actor, he was difficult to work with. By having a self-aware and environmentally-aware speech, he set an example for anyone who might be watching.