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Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor at 2020 Oscars

Joaquin Phoenix wins as the title character in Joker, his first victory in his fourth nomination for an Academy Award.

Joaquin Phoenix participates in Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Friday climate change rally at Los Angeles City Hall on February 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images

Joaquin Phoenix had been nominated for three Oscars previously, but the fourth time was the charm as he took home the statuette for his work in Joker, winning the Best Actor award at the 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

While Joker has received mixed reactions from critics and the public for its portrayal of the Batman-series related character, no one had questioned the work of Phoenix with the material. He showed range, depth, and somehow an empathy as he committed horrors on-screen. It’s a difficult role, and he ruled it with ease.

Phoenix was a -1666 favorite when betting opened at DraftKings Sportsbook, but that was -5000 by the Oscars ceremony, meaning you’d have to bet $50 to win just a buck. He was the biggest favorite of all the major categories, and true to form, he wins his first Academy Award this evening.

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