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Oscars 2020: Voter explains why she picked Adam Driver over Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor

The voter spoke to Los Angeles Times ahead of the awards ceremony.
by Abhivyakti Seshanand | February 05, 2020 23:19 IST
Oscars 2020: Voter explains why she picked Adam Driver over Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor

The Academy voter was among the three who spoke to Los Angeles Times recently. She remained anonymous but identified herself as a female writer. She's one of more than 8,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 
Adam Driver is a strong contender for the race to win Best Actor at the Oscars for his role in Marriage Story. Joaquin Phoenix leads with his role in Joker. The voter revealed why she picked Adam Driver for Marriage Story in place of Joaquin Phoenix for Joker. She said: “I thought Joaquin’s performance in Joker was fantastic. Complicated. Upsetting. Moving.”
 
And then went on to add: “But here’s a perhaps strange calculation I’m making.” Her calculation was to consider both actors’ skills in a more general manner, instead of focusing on the films they nominated for.
 
“I think that Adam Driver could have played Joker just as well as Joaquin Phoenix, but I don’t think that Phoenix could have played Driver’s character in Marriage Story,“ she stated. “I thought Driver knocked it out of the park in a much less showy, more internal role. I’d be happy with Phoenix winning too, though,” was her final verdict.
 
The Best Actor category comprises wonderful nominations this year. In addition to Driver and Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes, and Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory.


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