Golden Globes 2020: Joaquin Phoenix censored over expletive-ridden 'Joker' acceptance speech

Joaquin Phoenix , winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for "Joker" poses in the press room during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Joaquin Phoenix , winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for "Joker" poses in the press room during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Joaquin Phoenix picked up the gong for Best Actor in a Drama for Joker at the Golden Globes last night where he gave an eye-raising acceptance speech.

He dropped more than one F-bomb as he won the award for his portrayal of Arthur Fleck in the villain's origin story film, forcing broadcaster NBC to bleep out the expletives.

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“We all know there’s no f***ing competition between us," the Academy Award winner said of his fellow nominees. "I’m your f***ing student. I can’t believe the beautiful mesmerising, unique work that you’ve all done this year, but I really do feel honoured to be mentioned with you.”

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Finishing as he started, Phoenix went on: “Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat, but the boat is f***ing rocked.”

Warner Bros - Joaquin Phoenix as Joker.
Warner Bros - Joaquin Phoenix as Joker.

Amid the swearing at the ceremony, the actor also took time out to praise the Golden Globes for switching to a plant-based meal for attendees.

The vegan star thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for “recognising and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change".

Photo by: gotpap/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 6/2/19 Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara at The National Animal Rights Day Demostration in Los Angeles, CA.
Photo by: gotpap/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 6/2/19 Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara at The National Animal Rights Day Demostration in Los Angeles, CA.

"It’s a very bold move, making tonight plant-based,” he shared.

Phoenix's triumph wasn't the only win for Joker as it also scooped the Best Original Score prize.

It had received a nod in the Best Motion Picture category for drama, but lost out to Sam Mendes' 1917.

Sam Mendes poses in the press room with the awards for best director, motion picture and best motion picture drama for "1917" at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Sam Mendes poses in the press room with the awards for best director, motion picture and best motion picture drama for "1917" at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

It was a big night for the filmmaker who also won the Best Director award which Joker’s Todd Phillips had also been in the running for.

One picture walking away from the night empty-handed was The Irishman which didn't win anything despite being nominated for five awards.

The most nominated picture, Marriage Story, also failed to win big as it won in one category out of six as Laura Dern was named Best Supporting Actress.

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