Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor At Critics’ Choice Awards And Thanks His Mother

Joaquin Phoenix is certainly on a roll.

On Sunday, the actor took him the Critics’ Choice Award for best actor for his role as Arthur Fleck in “Joker”. The win comes shortly after Phoenix earned himself a Golden Globe for the same character.

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This time, though, he’s making sure to thank his mom, Heart Phoenix.

“I need to thank my mom. Mom, you’ve always been my greatest inspiration, even when self-pity led me astray. You’ve never given up on me and I deeply appreciate your support,” he said.

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association

The “Joker” star also thanked Scott Silver, the film’s screenwriter.

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“You used a superhero character to talk about childhood trauma, gun violence and mental health,” Joaquin said, acknowledging his character’s mental illness and violent, criminal tendencies.

In November, the widely popular film surpassed $1 billion at the box office worldwide, making it the first R-rated movie to achieve this.

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