Here’s What Joaquin Phoenix Was Trying To Say During His Golden Globes Acceptance Speech

January 6, 2020 / Posted by:

The word “fuck” was said a whole lot during Joaquin Phoenix’s Golden Globes acceptance speech last night. And maybe some of them might have been coming from a jealous Jared Leto at home (“That should have been me, you fuck!“). But most of them came straight from Joaquin’s own mouth. Sadly, if you live in a country that clutches their pearls over naughty language on primetime network TV, like Canada or the USA, you didn’t hear any of them. So much of Joaquin’s speech were left up to interpretation. Luckily, viewers from much cooler countries heard all the fucks that Joaquin dropped, and they were able to fill in the gaps for the rest of us.

Joaquin won the award for Best Performance in a Motion Picture Drama for looking like a tackle box bait worm in Joker, which probably wasn’t that shocking to the people familiar with the months of Oscar buzz. Joaquin’s first “fuck” was released 27 seconds into a two-and-a-half minute long speech. He didn’t open with a “fuck” though, because Joaquin is also very vegan, and he first wanted to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for switching to a plant-based menu for the evening. But that was one of the more audible messages from Joaquin.

Here’s the speech a bunch of us heard. He was heavily censored while addressing his fellow nominees, and again as he delivered a message about climate change at the end of his speech. What did Joaquin say? Was he dragging the Beyhive?

Not long after Joaquin’s speech aired, a Twitter user posted the two parts of his speech that we didn’t get to hear. This is what Joaquin had to say about his fellow nominees:

“To my fellow nominees, we all know there’s no fucking competition between us. It’s like this thing that’s created to sell advertisements for the TV show. I’m inspired by you. I’m your fucking student. I can’t believe the beautiful, mesmerizing, unique work that you’ve all done this year.”

At the end of his speech, Joaquin was censored for language, but he was also played off by the orchestra for going on too long. So here’s how he closed his speech:

“Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat, but the boat is fucking rocked…So many of you in this room have given me multiple opportunities to try to get it right, and I’m deeply grateful. But I think together hopefully we unified and actually make some changes. It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take on 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. Thank you so much for putting up with me, I’m so grateful.”


Due to FCC rules, NBC had to censor Joaquin every time he said the f-word. But I’m willing to bet the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wished they could have censored him in real-time during the ceremony to protect the famous people in the audience. Stop taking private jets to Palm Springs?! “I’ve never heard such disgusting, vulgar language!” said Gwyneth Paltrow to Leonardo DiCaprio.


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