Male Actor in a Leading Role
Joaquin Phoenix: Hi, I was here many years ago,
and I couldn't fully appreciate it at the time. I now
realize how fortunate I am to be a part of this
community. I have such reverence for actors and what we
do. I feel really honored to be here.
I would like to just talk a little bit about my
fellow nominees, if that is okay?
When I started acting again and going to
additions, I would always get to, like, the final
callback, and I think many people know what that is like.
And there would always be, like, two other guys that I
was up against, and we would always lose to this one kid.
And no actor would say his name because it was, like, too
much, but every casting director would whisper, "It is
Leonardo. It is Leonardo."
"Who is this Leonardo."
Leonardo, you have been an inspiration for over
25 years to me and so many people. I thank you very,
very, very much.
Christian, I don't know where you are.
Christian, you commit to your roles in ways that I can
only dream of. I just -- you never turn in a bad
performance. It is infuriating. I wish you would. One
time, just suck once. It would be great, okay?
Adam, I have been watching you the last few
years, and you have just been turning in these beautiful,
nuisanced, incredible, profound performances, and I am
just so moved by you. You were just devastating in this
film, and you should be here.
And Taron, where are you? I am so happy for you
wherever you are. Hey, hey, man.
You are so beautiful in this movie, and I am so
happy for you. And I can't wait to see what else you do.
And, really, I am standing here on the shoulders
of my favorite actor, Heath Ledger, so thank you and good