I would’ve liked to get an Oscar reaction post up last night, but as it turns out, drinking games and brilliant analysis aren’t a likely combination (though I did have an elaborate dream about going to a winery with Jennifer Lawrence last night, true story). In the meantime, I’ve got your full list of winners below, and this Joaquin Phoenix reaction shot, possibly the strangest moment of the night. He hasn’t looked this confused and out of it since he was doing it on purpose for that movie where he got pooped on. I do feel bad for him though. They should really have a separate acting award, for Daniel Day-Lewis and everyone else. That way actors with performances like Joaquin’s in The Master could get some recognition.
As for his reaction, there is the distinct possibility that he was trying to give them the worst reaction shot possible. This considering he’s been open about hating awards season, calling it “total, utter bullshit, and I don’t want to be a part of it. [...] I don’t believe in it. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other … It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world.”
Earlier that night, Roger Friedman, asked Joaquin if he was going to the ceremony:
“People keep asking me that,” said the star of The Master, “I didn’t know I had a choice.”
So basically, Joaquin Phoenix looked like a guy who hates the Oscars, but had to show up anyway so that Harvey Weinstein would let him see his kids again. That’s what I took from this.