When Joaquin Phoenix Collected His Golden Globe, One Star’s Unexpected Reaction Raised Eyebrows

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During the star-studded Golden Globes ceremony on January 5, 2020, all eyes were on the attendees as fans tried to catch their favorite actors in unguarded moments. And when Joaquin Phoenix picked up an award for his performance in the film Joker, his behavior certainly grabbed the headlines. But then there was something else that didn’t escape people’s notice: one celebrity in the audience appeared to snub Phoenix during his standing ovation. So, which famous name decided to sit the moment out, and why?

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In all, Joker had racked up four Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Actor. And the comic-book based crime story ultimately emerged victorious in those last two categories, with Hildur Guðnadóttir taking home the award for the film’s music. Phoenix, meanwhile, beat Adam Driver, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Bale to his prize.

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