Joaquin Phoenix Wins Golden Globe Award For Joker

by Erik Amaya

Joker is on the track for some Academy Award nominations.

The film, directed by Todd Phillips, won two awards at the 2020 Golden Globes Awards Sunday evening. Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Actor — Drama award for his performance as Arthur Fleck; a persona which may or may not be the real Joker of DC Comics fame. Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir also won the Best Original Score category for her contributions to the film.

Phoenix took the opportunity to thank the film community for putting up with him, but also encouraged them to lower the carbon emissions and do more for climate crisis around the world.

The film, which we found hollow, is notable for Phoenix’s performance; which may turn out to be its best bet for an Oscar in a month’s time. It would seem the strong showing for Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Sam Mendes1917 would keep Joker from any of the major filmmaking awards.

In a departure from previous years, the Golden Globes did not recognize many genre productions, preferring historical television series like Chernobyl and The Crown. Although, it should be said, Game of Thrones was the only genre series the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was really comfortable recognizing. In its final year, only star Kit Harrington was nominated. Of course, the ascendancy of genre material into the major awards is a very cyclical thing. So, here’s to hoping Regina King and Watchmen get some recognition at the Emmys next fall.

Here are winners of the 2020 Golden Globe Awards:

Best Motion Picture — Drama

1917

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Awkwafina, The Farewell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Taron Egerton, Rocketman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Best Director — Motion Picture

Sam Mendes, 1917

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Patricia Arquette, The Act

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman – Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Fleabag

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Best Motion Picture — Animated

Missing Link

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Brian Cox, Succession

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language

Parasite

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Best Television Series — Drama

Succession

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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