March 6, 2021

Joaquin Phoenix pays tribute to Heath Ledger during acceptance speech

Joaquin Phoenix pays tribute to Heath Ledger during acceptance speech

Joaquin Phoenix continued his strong award season run on Sunday, taking home another trophy at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards for his acting in Joker.

During his acceptance speech for winning Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the SAGs, he spent the majority of his time talking about the other actors nominated — praising Leonardo DiCaprio (“you’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years”) and Adam Driver (“I’m so moved by you, and you were just devastating in this film”) — before finishing with a moving, memorable tribute.

“Really I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favorite actor, Heath Ledger,” he said. …

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