- Joaquin Phoenix won outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role at the 2020 SAG Awards on Sunday night.
- The “Joker” star thanked each of his fellow nominees including Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for his role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
- He described losing out to DiCaprio as a young actor, recalling, “No actor would ever say his name.”
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In his acceptance speech, the “Joker” star took the time to individually praise each of his fellow nominees and their respective performances: Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Adam Driver, and Taron Egerton.
Phoenix recalled that when he was a young actor he and his peers would always lose out on roles to the same person.
“There would always be like two other guys that I was up against, and we’d always lose to this one kid,” Phoenix said of DiCaprio, who was nominated for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
“No actor would ever say his name,” he continued. “Like every casting director would say: [whispering] ‘It’s Leonardo, it’s Leonardo.’
“You’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years to me and so many people – I thank you very, very, very much.”
Of Bale, who starred in”Ford vs Ferrari,” Phoenix said “you commit to roles in a way that I can only dream of.”
He continued: “You never turn in a bad performance. It’s infuriating. I wish you would, just one time, just suck once, OK?”
Phoenix, who is now a four-time Oscar-nominee, told Driver he’d been watching him for the past few years and was a huge fan of his work, calling his “Marriage Story” performance “beautiful, nuanced, incredible, profound.”
Finally, Phoenix said he couldn’t to see what else Egerton did, saying his performance as Elton John in “Rocketman” was “beautiful.”
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