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2020 Academy Awards | Best Leading Actor | Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar | REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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2020 Academy Awards - February 9, 2020 | Actor in a Leading Role | Joaquin Phoenix (Transcript)
Length: 6 mins

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Olivia Coleman: Winning an Oscar ages you. Hello there. Thank you for having me back. It's such a pleasure to be here. Last year was the best night of my husband's life. He actually says that and I've given birth three times. So I hope you're all having as good a time as he did. And as I did.

Olivia Coleman: I don't want to keep you from the bar much longer. I know I'm supposed to talk about acting and find some clever thread connecting these performances, but their beauty and brilliance surely lies in the fact that there isn't one and I'm sorry that all these men can't win.

Olivia Coleman: Here are the nominees for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

Olivia Coleman: Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Olivia Coleman: Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Olivia Coleman: Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Olivia Coleman: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Olivia Coleman: Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Olivia Coleman: And the Oscar goes to Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

This is the first Oscar and fourth nomination for Joaquin Phoenix.

Joaquin Phoenix: God, I'm full of so much gratitude right now. And I do not feel elevated above any of my fellow nominees or anyone in this room because we share the same love, the love of film, and this form of expression has given me the most extraordinary life. I don't know what I'd be without it. But I think the greatest gift that it's given me, and many of us in this room, is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless.

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