‘Joker’ Wins Best Film At Venice Film Festival

Joker has won Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Todd Phillips‘ Joker took home the Golden Lion top prize in Venice on Saturday night.

Upon receiving the prize, Phillips thanked “Warner Bros. and DC for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking such a bold swing on me and this movie.”

Regarding the film’s star Joaquin Phoenix, who joined Phillips onstage, the director said, “There is no movie without Joaquin Phoenix. Joaquin is the fiercest and brightest and most open-minded lion I know. Thank you for trusting me with your insane talent.”

He also thanked Phoenix, who joined him on stage.