In 2018, it was Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour. Then in 2019, it was Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody. And now, the Academy has crowned a brand-new winner.
Tonight, the 92nd annual Oscars took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. During the ceremony, Joaquin Phoenix took home the statuette for Best Actor for Joker.
He was up against a slew of worthy nominees, including Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory (played Salvador Mallo), Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (played Rick Dalton), Adam Driver for Marriage Story (played Charlie) and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes (played Pope Francis).
The Academy Award for Best Actor has been around since the Oscars debuted in 1929. Traditionally, the statuette is presented by last year’s winner, who theoretically passes the torch to his replacement.
Previous winners include Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, Oldman for Darkest Hour, Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jean Dujardin for The Artist and Colin Firth for The King’s Speech.
So. Well. Deserved.