JOAQUIN PHOENIX Addresses 'Systemic Racism' During BAFTAs Acceptance Speech

Renuel Fallore

Posted at February 03, 2020

Joaquin Phonenix snatched another Best Actor award for his magnificent portrayal of the iconic supervillain Joker!

The 45-year old actor bested fellow nominees Adam Driver, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonathan Pryce, and Taron Egerton at the 73rd British Academy of Film and Television's Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Surprisingly, the Joker star used his acceptance speech to address the lack of diversity in this year’s awards season. After receiving a well-deserved round of applause, Joaquin tackled the issue of "systemic racism" in Hollywood.

"I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don't have that same privilege," he said. "I think we send a very clear message to people of color that you're not welcome here."

"I don't think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, people just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work. This is not a self-righteous condemnation. I'm part of the problem."

"We have to really do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think that it is the obligation of the people that have created and benefited from a system of oppression to dismantle it. So that's on us," he continued.

Watch his winning moment and acceptance speech at the BAFTA 2020 here:

Courtesy: BBC

Joker went into the BAFTAs this year with the most nominations! Out of its eleven noms, it won three including original score for Hildur Guanadottir, the first ever casting BAFTA award for Shayana Markowitz, and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix who won at the 2020 Golden Globes and 25th SAG Awards.

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