Joker Makes a Killing

For the clown prince of crime, this awards season has been no joke.
Well, it’s official.

Joker is a critical hit. Awards season has wrapped up, and now that all the speculation, afterparties and buzz have died down, the smoke has cleared. And Joker has made… well, a killing.

First up, let’s look at the Joker himself, Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix received widespread accolades for his turn as Arthur Fleck, a troubled standup comedian with deep-seeded issues, who then used those issues essentially as an excuse to go on a rampage. The performance won Joaquin the following:

Academy Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe for Best Actor
Screen Actors Guild awards for Best Actor
BAFTA award for Best Leading Actor
Critic’s Choice award for Best Actor

If there was ever any doubt that Phoenix absolutely nailed it as Joker, this awards season puts those doubts well and truly to rest. And his acceptance speeches managed to win people over, too, with their honesty and compassion.

Another key figure involved in Joker is Hildur Guðnadóttir, who composed the haunting score for the film. She bagged to following awards:

Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score
Golden Globe for Best Original Score
BAFTA award for Best Original Score
Critics Choice award for Best Original Score
Satellite Award for Best Original Score

But the film wouldn’t be anything without sound direction. Director Todd Philips took out the Golden Lion for Best Director, an award won in previous years by cinema royalty such as Guillermo del Toro, Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky and Ang Lee.

So if you haven’t seen Joker yet, what are you waiting for? The critics, and audiences, and awards shows, have spoken.

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