February 19, 2015 at 9:25 am #179034
Joaquin’s nominated performances are:
best actor in a supporting role – Gladiator (2001)
best actor in a leading role – Walk The Line (2005)
best actor in a leading role – The Master (2012)
vote and discuss.February 19, 2015 at 9:48 am #179036
I’m in the minority on this one but I always found Phoenix’s performance to be the best performance by an actor in the year he got nominated (followed by Jean Louis Trintignant, Denis Lavant, Bradley Cooper and John Hawkes or Hugh Jackman). Unfortunately everybody got on the DDL bandwagon for what is imo an average performance in Lincoln and Phoenix got overlooked. The film is too weird for the Academy’s taste and he said problematic stuff about awards shows so he was eventually snubbed. He was magnificent in The Master. An affecting performance that stayed with me for months. It’s always hard for me to rewatch the film but when I do it, I do it mostly for his heart shattering portrayal of a troubled man with very dark issues.February 19, 2015 at 10:36 am #179037
Walk the Line. He captured the spirit of Johnny Cash perfectlyFebruary 19, 2015 at 10:44 am #179038
Walked the Line, followed by The Master.February 19, 2015 at 10:59 am #179039
Well, Joaquin Phoenix (as many people here know) is probably my favorite actor (yes, Michael Keaton isn’t my favorite – he’s in the top ten though for sure) and I believe that Joaquin Phoenix is always so damn brilliant in everything he does. I am a little sad he only has three nominations, because he deserves double that, along with a win or two
For his nominated performances:
- The Master (10/10), one of the greatest performances of the 21st century. Phoenix was creepy, cunning, sly, terrifying and absolutely affecting. He is absolutely amazing here, and I don’t see the buzz towards Daniel Day-Lewis (he was certainly very good, but not close to Phoenix in The Master). I believe that if Phoenix didn’t disparage awards shows like he did, he would’ve swept the awards.
- Walk the Line (9/10). I love Johnny Cash, and Phoenix was wonderful in it – his singing was on point, he was perfectly channelling cash, and I thought he was very, very good and while I wouldn’t give him the win (one of the few times I agree with the eventual winner), but he would be my second here
- Gladiator (8/10). I thought he was great as the antagonist, and it was a great boost to his career. I wasn’t a fan of the film overall, but Phoenix was great in it. Benicio was a great winner, but Phoenix would’ve been just as deserving (the best part is the two of them went to star in Inherent Vice together)
But I do think Phoenix deserves more nominations than he has. I would have nominated/given him wins for:
- Gladiator (Best Supporting Actor)
- Buffalo Soldiers (Best Actor)
- Walk the Line (Best Actor)
- We Own the Night (Best Actor)
- Two Lovers (Best Actor)
- The Master (Best Actor)
- Her (Best Actor)
- Inherent Vice (Best Actor)
Hopefully Irrational Man can be Joaquin’s Blue Jasmine moment, and he wipes the floor with his sweep (however, the Oscars are teasing me – Jake Gyllenhaal, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bryan Cranston, Tom Hardy – I won’t be able to sleep if these were our nominees, it will just be too much awesome in one category)
Let’s not forget that if Irrational Man is any good (which it should be if you subscribe to Woody Allen’s “one masterpiece/one dud” theory), then we can expect Joaquin Phoenix to get his fourth consecutive Golden Globe nomination (which may be a record) and sixth overall, and maybe even his second win.
I still think Joaquin is one of the greatest actors working today, and will become an icon in the coming decadesFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:12 am #179040
Tough choice from the above. Today I went with Walk the Line but tomorrow I may choose The Master. He saved Gladiator for me in some ways.
I loved him in Inherent Vice, but I must mention To Die For. This is probably the first time I noticed Joaquin in a film. And I really noticed him. He had the same impact with me that Leo did in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.February 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm #179041
I would have also nominated him for Quilis. He was exceptional in thatFebruary 19, 2015 at 2:48 pm #179042
I loved him in Inherent Vice, but I must mention To Die For. This is probably the first time I noticed Joaquin in a film. And I really noticed him. He had the same impact with me that Leo did in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
He was so hot in To Die For. His best nominated performance is The Master.February 19, 2015 at 4:01 pm #179043
His performance in The Master is one of the best performances of the decade.
He was sublime in Her as well…February 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm #179044
I grew up with Walk the Line. I must have seen it a dozen or so times. His work in it is among my favorite performances of that year. That said, The Master is clearly his greatest hour. He’s perfect in it, from top to bottom.February 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm #179045
I still think Joaquin is one of the greatest actors working today, and will become an icon in the coming decades.
Yes to the whole post! Amen to the last line!
Where’s half of his nominations though?! Just three… come on, Academy.February 19, 2015 at 5:12 pm #179046
The Master by a mile. This perf stripped down the whole history of method acting to its very essence, involving mumbling, contortions and grimaces that are meant to appear distracting and yet feel so right for his character; he truly resembles no one else. Comparisons can be made between the teachings of ‘the Cause’ and those of The Method which was gaining in popularity at the time The Master was set, and it’s all there in Joaquin’s performance. I’d always loved it, but watching it again recently I realised I’d never quite got how great he is.
I’m not sure he was such a revelation in Walk the Line actually (Reese Witherspoon was more nuanced), and while he brought a touch of well-needed camp to that macho bore-fest Gladiator, it’s no match for his brilliant recent work with PTA and Spike Jonze. I wish I could say he was nominated for the wrong film in 2000, but I find him quite an awkward fit in Quills, a film I otherwise enjoy, especially for Geoffrey Rush’s brilliant turn as The Marquis de Sade. (Haven’t seen The Yards though, Phoenix’s other 2000 film.)February 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm #179047
Walk the Line by a mile, I thought his performance in “The Master” was one of his worst but I didn’t like that movie aswell so I won’t judge too much. Such a pitty his wonderfull Jhonny Cash performance had to compete with the mesmerizing Hoffman’s Capote.February 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm #179048
Quite possibly the best working actor today. His performance in The Master is simply unbelievable.
It’s kind of interesting that I’m Still Here (another good performance) sort of splits his career in two. Most thought everything was done for him when he was on Letterman, but since then, when the mockumentary trickery was revealed, he’s actually had some of the best roles (and of course performances) of his career. He’s becoming quite prolific, and that makes me very happy.February 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm #179049
I wasn’t a fan of The Master but can understand the nomination and appreciate his performance. That was the year my very favorite, John Hawkes for The Sessions, was left off.
But then last year Phoenix was the one left off when he should have gotten in, for Her. It is my very favorite Phoenix performance and despite good traction with the Academy – five nominations, including a win for Spike Jonze in Original Screenplay, my second favorite win in this category ever, behind ESOTSM – Lead Actor was just too crowded (although, that Christian Bale got in for AH over Phoenix is a complete joke).
Of his nominated performances, I go with Walk the Line. He made a solid second behind Philip Seymour Hoffman. For The Master, I personally rank him second behind Daniel Day-Lewis, but he likely came in third-fourth, trailing Day-Lewis and Hugh Jackman, on par with Bradley Cooper, ahead of Denzel Washington. For Gladiator, he was a solid third behind winner Benicio Del Toro and vet Albert Finney (the irony being that if that category was today, Albert Finney would totally win). It was nice to see him finally branded Oscar nominee.
For too many years, Sean Penn was a three-time loser at Oscar, an extreme oversight for one of our better actors. Then he became a two-time winner within five years. I hope that’s how it goes for Phoenix. Despite his disdain for “actors competing against one another for awards,” he is worthy of being branded an Oscar winner.