Joker’s Joaquin Phoenix Pays Perfect Tribute To Heath Ledger During His SAG Award Win Speech

Joaquin Phoenix won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the SAG Awards for his portrayal of Arthur Fleck in Todd Phillips’ Joker on Sunday (January 19).

Phoenix started off by going through each of the other nominees for the award and told them how much he loved and admired their work.

The Joker actor was up again Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Adam Driver and Taron Egerton, which is really tough opposition.

He then ended his acceptance speech with a heartfelt tribute to Heath Ledger who played the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and he called him his favourite actor.

After having accepted his award on stage, Phoenix said: “I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favourite actor Heath Ledger.”

Ledger died back in 2008 and he won the Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Oscars for his version of the Joker in Nolan’s Batman film.

Joaquin Phoenix paid tribute to Heath Ledger in his SAG Awards acceptance speech

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Phoenix also praised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Leonardo DiCaprio, and thanked him for being an “inspiration for over 25 years” and asked Christian Bale to “suck just once”.

He finally congratulated Adam Driver for his incredible performance in Marriage Story and British actor Taron Egerton for his take on Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.

It was a really touching speech and made much more sense than his Golden Globes acceptance speech which was a bit of a difficult one to follow.

That particular speech was heavily edited due to Phoenix’s rather flowery language.

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