Initially the Huffington Post ran this under the headline Joaquin Phoenix Gives Bizarre Statement After Winning Award.
There’s nothing bizarre about it. It’s honest, awesome and calls attention to some of the below the line folk who are critical to making a movie.The statement was sent electronically to the event.
I struggle with the idea of winning awards for acting. Stating I’m Best Actor for something as subjective as film seems strange to me. To the uninitiated it implies I’m solely responsible for the creation and implementation of the character. I am not. I suppose that’s why we thank our colleagues.
There are those who you all know such as Paul Thomas Anderson, to whom I am eternally grateful – a man who has persistently searched for the truth. I am fortunate to have been under his guidance. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his patience and advice. Amy Adams for being angry. Megan Ellison and everyone at Annapurna for their support of the film and ensuring that I was able to cover my mortgage. But there are many others who you do not know by name such as Mike Kenna, who I believe was the grip but he did 20 different jobs so I can’t be sure; Adam Somner, the first assistant director; Karen Ramirez in the office; Tommy – I don’t know your last name… there are too many to list.
The truth is, you cannot separate my work from theirs. We were a unit bolstered by the same goal: to do our part in helping Paul to achieve his vision. I view this award as recognition of all of our work. I am very cognisant [sic] of the fact that for me this award is an encouragement to continue my lifelong passion of being an actor. I will not squander this high regard. P.S. There’s an up-and-coming actor named Daniel who’s in a movie called ‘Lincoln.’ You should check it out.
From what I can tell the HuffPo lifted the piece from IndieWire who titled their piece “London Critics’ Circle Film Awards: ‘Amour’, Phoenix, Hathaway the big winners; Phoenix’s Weird Statement.” Then the HuffPo reworked the the title from “weird” to “bizarre.” Then, later, they changed their link baiting headline to more accurately reflect the content to the piece. What douches.