Forget the times of the Oscars’ comic-book-movie stigma: Joaquin Phoenix only won Best Actor for a Joker source story.

After winning big in the Venice Film Festival, then controlling the awards season directly throughout the Golden Globes, Joker has obtained its final laugh by providing an Academy Award for its top man. We have come along way from The Dark Knight sending the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences to a tailspin. Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse struck the curse, and today Joker has mainstreamed the validity of comic-book films. Phoenix took it seriously, and thus did the Republicans.

“This kind of expression has given me the most outstanding lifetime,” the actor explained in his opening comments. “However, the best gift that has been given to me would be to utilize our voice to the voiceless.” Phoenix went to stand up for every type of injustice, detailing the way we have become”disconnected from the natural world”

Phoenix is the next celebrity after Heath Ledger to win an Oscar for playing the Joker onscreen. The notion of two celebrities winning awards for enjoying with the”same” personality is infrequent, but not unheard of. Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh were nominated for their roles as Henry V way back when. Marlon Brando won for enjoying Don Vito at The Godfather at 1972, while Robert De Niro won Best Supporting Actor for playing with his younger self in The Godfather Part II. Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart were nominated for playing with the exact same individual, Rose, at precisely the exact same film, Titanic. And do this: Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress for her title role in Elizabeth. Subsequently Judi Dench won Best Supporting Actress for playing the identical role in Shakespeare in Love. Subsequently Blanchett got another Best Actress nomination for enjoying her in Elizabeth: The Golden Age! The Oscars, infant.

There was stiff competition from the 2020 Best Actor class: Phoenix topped Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time. . .in Hollywood), Adam Notebook (Marriage Story), and Jonathan Pryce (The 2 Popes) to pick up his statue.

So what is next? Well, There’s sequel discussion, and when Cate Blanchett can take action…