Actor Joaquin Phoenix called out animal agriculture as he was awarded a Golden Globe for his role as Arther Fleck in Joker last night.
The vegan actor, who scooped the gong for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), highlighted the role of animal agriculture in climate change.
He praised the Hollywood Foreign Press – which served a vegan diet at the awards ceremony for environmental reasons – for also acknowledging this link.
‘A powerful message’
“First I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change. It was a very bold move, making tonight plant-based, and it really sends a powerful message,” he said in his acceptance speech.
“Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat. The boat is already f*cking rocked. It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that…I have not always been a virtuous man, I have learned so much, and so many of you in this room have given me multiple opportunities to get it right and I’m deeply grateful.
“But together hopefully we can be unified, and hopefully make some changes. It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives, and I hope that we can do that. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs. I’ll try to do better and I hope you will too.”
Phoenix also told his fellow nominees that he is ‘inspired by them’, describing their work as ‘mesmerizing’, adding that he ‘feels honored to be mentioned with them’.
They included Christian Bale, Antonio Banderas, Adam Driver, and Jonathan Pryce.
Phoenix thanked Joker director Todd Philips, as well as his partner Rooney Mara, breaking down as he told her he loved her.