2020 SAG Awards arrived with a whole lot of Swag. Brad Pitt wanting to add the award to his Tinder profile, ‘Joker’ Joaquin Phoenix thanking Heath Ledger – this year’s acceptance speeches were surely memorable. Phoenix received the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a film on the show held on Sunday night.
Joaquin Phoenix won the award over brilliant performances like Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story) and Taron Egerton (Rocketman). In his speech, he sang praises for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.
He said, “When I started acting again and going to auditions, I’d always get to like the final callback, and I think many people know what that’s like,” he said. “And there would always be, like, two other guys that I was up against. And we’d always lose to this one kid. No actor would ever say his name because it was, like, too much, but every casting director would whisper, ‘It’s Leonardo.'”
He also talked about Christian Bale who was nominated for Ford v Ferrari and said, “You never turn in a bad performance. It’s infuriating. I wish you would one time just suck once.”
He went on to praise Adam Driver’s performance in Marriage Story and labelled it as “beautiful, nuanced and devastating.” Talking about Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John in Rocketman, he said: “I can’t wait to see what else you do.”
The film, an origin story about superhero Batman’s biggest enemy Joker, got 11 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Other categories are cinematography, adapted screenplay, costume design, sound mixing, sound editing, original score, film editing and make-up and hairstyling.