Last night, Joaquin Phoenix won another award for his role as Arthur Fleck in Joker at the 77th Golden Globe Awards. The 45-year-old star took home Best Actor in a drama film for the record-breaking blockbuster, and used the platform to encourage his constitutes to pay mind to an issue very near and dear to his heart.
In the below video, Phoenix begins his speech by first thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press for “recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change.” He stated that it was “a very bold move making tonight plant-based,” speaking to the organization's choice to serve a vegan menu at this year’s ceremony.
Later in his speech, after an adorable moment when he got choked up telling his fiancé, Rooney Mara, he loves her, he continues to discuss the escalating damage happening from global warming, particularly with the catastrophic bushfires currently wreaking havoc on Australia. He states:
“Contrary to belief, I don’t want to rock the boat, but the boat is f**king rocking. It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well-wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that, right?”
The actor then adds that he hasn’t always been “a virtuous man,” and thanks his colleagues for giving him “multiple opportunities to try to get it right,” continuing:
“I think together we can hopefully we can be unified and actually make some changes. It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives and I hope we can do that.”