Joaquin Phoenix just won the Oscar for Best Lead Actor. It’s his first-ever win in the category. For his role as Arthur Fleck in Warner Brothers’ gritty supervillain origin story Joker, Phoenix was a favorite in the race.
Before the Academy Awards, he was also honored at the Golden Globes Screen Actors Guild Awards and the BAFTAs. With 11 nominations Joker was also this year’s top Oscar-nominated film.
Phoenix has spearheaded an effort to turn this season’s awards shows vegan, beginning with the Golden Globes. When Phoenix took the Globes podium on Jan. 5, he acknowledged the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for its “very bold move making tonight plant-based. It really sends a powerful message.”
Then, the Critics’ Choice and SAG awards followed suit, followed by WME and the Academy, which ruled that all food served to guests arriving at the Dolby Theater before the Oscars on Sunday will be vegan.
Phoenix has argued that meat farming is a leading cause of climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions, and Hollywood should set an example.
In an interview with indieWIRE Phoenix described his character and the discussions about the violence that came out of the film, “If you make someone uncomfortable you can’t censor yourself people are having this conversation because they care.”