Joaquin Phoenix Gets Oscar Nods for “Joker” Performance

The eagerly-anticipated DC Comics film, “Joker”, which looks at the origins of Batman’s arch-nemesis is getting closer to its worldwide release, and there are already whispers of an Oscar for the film’s star: Joaquin Phoenix.

The psychological thriller recently premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday, 31 August, and was well-received with an astounding eight-minute standing ovation.

The 44-year-old “Gladiator” actor plays Arthur Fleck, a disenfranchised stand-up comedian who eventually becomes the nihilistic criminal mastermind “The Joker” who sows chaos in Gotham City.

Critics have given the film positive reviews, and praised Phoenix’s performance as “oscar-worthy”.

This film is the latest edition of the infamous DC Comics clown villain, who has previously been played by actors Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and most recently, Jared Leto.

The three-time Oscar nominee Phoenix lost 24 kilograms for the role, did not look to past Joker iterations for inspiration, and watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter to create the character’s iconic and unsettling cackle.

“Joker” is set for release on 4 October.

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