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Joaquin Phoenix Gives Props To Up-And-Coming Actor Daniel Day-Lewis

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 21, 2013 4:03 PM
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Joaquin Phoenix didn't exactly start off the awards season on the right foot, however, he's certainly beloved, his performance in "The Master" is titanic stuff, and he was still rewarded by his peers with an Oscar nomination for Paul Thomas Anderson's film. And while we'll leave it to the prognosticators to determine his chances against Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln," Phoenix has already come out on top in one competition.

Over the weekend, the London Critis' Circle Awards were handed out, and Phoenix beat Day-Lewis for Best Actor. And while he wasn't overseas to pick up the honor, the actor issued a pretty great little statement of thanks, while cheekily tipping his hat and giving respectful due to a certain "up-and-coming" actor. We'll just let you read the whole thing below and in case you missed it, here's the cover art for the forthcomg home video release of "The Master," which is coming with some great extras. [Huffington Post]

"I struggle with the idea of winning awards for acting. Stating I'm Best Actor for something as subjective as film seems strange to me. To the uninitiated it implies I'm solely responsible for the creation and implementation of the character. I am not. I suppose that's why we thank our colleagues. There are those who you all know such as Paul Thomas Anderson, to whom I am eternally grateful – a man who has persistently searched for the truth. I am fortunate to have been under his guidance. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his patience and advice. Amy Adams for being angry. Megan Ellison and everyone at Annapurna for their support of the film and ensuring that I was able to cover my mortgage. But there are many others who you do not know by name such as Mike Kenna, who I believe was the grip but he did 20 different jobs so I can't be sure; Adam Somner, the first assistant director; Karen Ramirez in the office; Tommy – I don't know your last name… there are too many to list. The truth is, you cannot separate my work from their's. We were a unit bolstered by the same goal: to do our part in helping Paul to achieve his vision. I view this award as recognition of all of our work. I am very cognisant of the fact that for me this award is an encouragement to continue my lifelong passion of being an actor. I will not squander this high regard. P.S. There's an up-and-coming actor named Daniel who's in a movie called 'Lincoln.' You should check it out."

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  • Trouble2022 | January 23, 2013 6:31 PMReply

    Phoenix has a *very* dry sense of humour, much like Day-Lewis himself - I think the latter would've got the joke even if no one else appears to have. Overall I thought this was a really nice speech. Too often directors and co-stars get thanked but never the working stiff who who do all the real donkey work - it's really nice that at least one actor recognises their hard work personally and publicly. Good for Phoenix.

  • Drew | January 23, 2013 12:58 AMReply

    Dear CHASE,
    You're an idiot. Obviously him saying "up and coming" was a joke. He was showing Daniel Day Lewis respect by acknowledging him and directing us to see his movie. Furthermore, Phoenix has received a "nod" from the Academy for Gladiator and Walk the Line. (nom.)

  • Chase | January 22, 2013 6:11 PMReply

    UP AND COMING?! This was a clear cut blast, is he forgetting the two Oscars Daniel Day Lewis has already won for stellar performances while already being a shoe in for this years, not to mention Mr. Phoenix has never received a nod from the Academy.

  • naz | January 31, 2013 8:30 AM

    You're a so clueless. It was a joke and the fact that you didn't know what 'nod' means, you shouldn't have commented in the 1st place.

  • - | January 25, 2013 5:38 PM

    I like how you don't know what a 'nod' means in this context. Any award nomination is considered a 'nod', you twonk.

  • d | January 22, 2013 6:23 PM


  • Mic | January 22, 2013 10:52 AMReply

    Love his acting esp. in the Master. Well deserved. And nice speech indeed.

  • Ken | January 22, 2013 7:41 AMReply

    I liked him better with a shaggy beard.

    AND in Gladiator.

  • ted | January 21, 2013 11:56 PMReply

    What a nice note. Very well-written.

  • BEF | January 21, 2013 11:11 PMReply

    As someone who's worked the smaller jobs on set, this makes me smile wide -- and he really did deserve it to. This note won't make the rounds like his "awards are bullshit" comment unfortunately, as it's always first report, move on.

  • Jimmy | January 21, 2013 10:48 PMReply

    Wonderful speech for him.

  • Catherine | January 21, 2013 8:59 PMReply

    I thought he was genuinely giving props to DDL. After all, everybody knows he deserved that award.

  • rodie | January 21, 2013 5:52 PMReply

    Good "speech," except for the end about DDL. I mean I get that Phoenix is just being self-deprecating and wanted to say that DDL was great in Lincoln, but it always bothers me when award recipients do that in this way, especially when the only single out one of the other nominees. It's not Phoenix's job to decide who is deserving of the London Critic's Circle Award. It's their job, and to suggest they haven't seen Lincoln in the cheeky way Phoenix did comes off as pretentious and condescending.

  • kellan | January 21, 2013 6:20 PM

    You read way too much into it, n00b. Phoenix is hilarious. And should win the oscar.

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