Joaquin Phoenix has pretty much made it clear that he despises the celebrity culture and what he perceives to be ego-stroking, entitled accolades that currently encapsulate the profession of acting - and because of this, even went as far as to proclaim that the Oscars are "bullsh*t!"
So it's really no surprise to us that upon winning the title of Best Actor from the London Critics' Circle, for his work in The Master, the actor would use the opportunity in his acceptance speech to speak out against a culture that limits the scope and influence of his performance to exclusively him, and instead thanked his co-stars and director for their contributions to his work… as well as the normally and largely unrecognized crew members, without whom there would be no finished product!
"I struggle with the idea of winning awards for acting. Stating I'm Best Actor for something as subjective as film seems strange to me. To the uninitiated it implies I'm solely responsible for the creation and implementation of the character. I am not. I suppose that's why we thank our colleagues. There are those who you all know such as Paul Thomas Anderson, to whom I am eternally grateful – a man who has persistently searched for the truth. I am fortunate to have been under his guidance. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his patience and advice. Amy Adams for being angry. Megan Ellison and everyone at Annapurna for their support of the film and ensuring that I was able to cover my mortgage. But there are many others who you do not know by name such as Mike Kenna, who I believe was the grip but he did 20 different jobs so I can't be sure; Adam Somner, the first assistant director; Karen Ramirez in the office; Tommy – I don't know your last name… there are too many to list. The truth is, you cannot separate my work from their's. We were a unit bolstered by the same goal: to do our part in helping Paul to achieve his vision. I view this award as recognition of all of our work. I am very cognisant of the fact that for me this award is an encouragement to continue my lifelong passion of being an actor. I will not squander this high regard. P.S. There's an up-and-coming actor named Daniel [Day Lewis] who's in a movie called 'Lincoln.' You should check it out."
WOW! We really have to hand it to him here!
This is one of the first acceptance speeches we've ever read that TRULY recognizes what an entirely collaborative process filmmaking actually is, and we can't tell you how much it says about his integrity that he is so adamant to share his success with ALL of the individuals who work tirelessly behind-the-scenes, with much less pay and recognition for their thankless and unrelenting dedication!
We sincerely hope that between this and Jodie Foster's beautiful reflection of her career and the concept of celebrity at the Golden Globes, the winners of the Academy Awards follow suit and continue to value the work of EVERYONE involved, without which their success would most definitely not be possible!
Oh, and seriously! Watch Lincoln!
He's very much on point with how good it is!
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