Todd Phillips shared his reaction to Joker becoming the most nominated comic book movie in Oscars history after it was recognized in eleven categories.
Joker director Todd Phillips recently posted an emotional reaction to the DC film receiving nominations for eleven Academy awards including Best Picture. Joker was also nominated for Best Original Music Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Director. Todd Phillips took to Instagram to explain how grateful he is that Joker has been recognized by the filmmaking community.
The Joker director explained in his Instagram post that he wanted to take an indie approach with a big property as a way of exploring the world around us. Todd Phillips went on to thank the Academy while also praising Joaquin Phoenix and all of his colleagues that worked on the film. Take a look at the Joker director’s reaction on Instagram below.
“Joker began as an idea, an experiment really— could we take an “indie approach” to a studio film by inverting it into a character study to reflect the world around us? Explore what we’re seeing and feeling in society, from the lack of empathy to the effects of the absence of love. I am deeply honored by the overwhelming recognition of the Academy this morning, and I want to thank the genius that is Joaquin Phoenix, and all my incredible collaborators. We are beyond humbled that our peers in the filmmaking community have embraced the film and its message.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:
Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.