Joaquin Phoenix Shouts Out Queer Rights in Oscar Speech

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The actor took home an Academy Award for his role in Joker.

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Joaquin Phoenix is continuing to use his platform for good and shining light on progressive causes. 

In an emotional acceptance speech for the Best Actor in a Leading Role award (which he won for his role as the controversial DC Comic villain Joker), the veteran actor talked about how one of the greatest gifts being a notable celebrity has given him is "the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless." He then talked about his support for many different causes for equality, including women's rights, animal rights, and queer rights!

"I do not feel elevated above any of my fellow nominees or anyone in this room, because we share the same love, the love of film and this form of expression has given me the most extraordinary I don’t know what I’d be without it. But I think the greatest gift that it has given me, and many of us in this room, is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless," Phoenix said. "Whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against the belief, one nation, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity," he said. 

He continued:

"I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world and many of us, what we’re guilty of is an egocentric world view, the belief that we’re the center of the universe."

Phoenix then gave an emotional shoutout to his brother River Phoenix, who was one of Hollywood's biggest and most rising stars before he passed away in 1993.

Watch Joaquin Phoenix's full acceptance speech in the video below. 

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Joaquin Phoenix Shouts Out Queer Rights in Oscar Speech

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