Joaquin Phoenix

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  • Joaquin Phoenix:(On his childhood and how his family was struggling money-wise) I remember us being poor, but I never felt embarrassed, or like I was missing anything. I don't remember the hardship of trying to make it, just how my parents always managed to get through.

  • Joaquin Phoenix:(On the people that would help out his family) We always had angels in our lives‚ people who became friends and are friends to this day.

  • Joaquin Phoenix: Most of my childhood, I grew up with both parents. They were poor, with all these kids, but they always found open arms; people took us in.

  • Joaquin Phoenix: In my life, I try to find the finest qualities in people, no matter what they look like.

  • Joaquin Phoenix:(From 2008, on how he doesn't believe he's as good as other actors) I don't think I have any value. I'm always surprised that a director would want me, to be frank. I always think there's someone far more talented and interesting and better looking and taller or smaller than I am.

  • Joaquin Phoenix: (On his new career in music) It's like moving on to greener pastures, you know what I mean? And so, I'm just going to try and like, I'll just be doing the other thing ... Hopefully, I will emotionally impact you with that, as well.

  • Joaquin Phoenix:(On people speculating that his quitting acting and becoming a rapper is an elaborate hoax) There's not a hoax. Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that's possible, but that's certainly not my intention.

  • Joaquin Phoenix: (On the big deal the public made over his decision to retire from acting) I didn't know that anyone was gonna care. I felt that it was an obligation to tell my fans what I was doing, moving in another direction.

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  • Joaquin has been nominated and won many times for his roles. Academy Awards: 2001 - Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Gladiator. 2006 - Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Walk the Line. BAFTA Awards: 2001 - Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Gladiator. 2006 - Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Walk the Line. Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: 2001 - Nominated and won Favorite Villain for Gladiator. British Independent Film Awards: 2003 - Nominated for Best Actor for Buffalo Soldiers. Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: 2001 - Nominated and won for Best Supporting Actor for Quills, Gladiator, and The Yards. 2006 - Nominated for Best Actor for Walk the Line. Chicago Film Critics Association Awards: 2006 - Nominated for Best Actor for Walk the Line. Clotrudis Awards: 1996 - Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for To Die For. 2001 - Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Quills. CMT Music Awards: 2006 - Nominated along with Reese Witherspoon for Collaborative Video of the Year for Walk the Line. Csapnivalo Awards: 2000 - Nominated for Best Male Performance for Return to Paradise. Golden Globes: 2001 - Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Gladiator. 2006 - Nominated and won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Walk the Line. Grammy Awards: 2007 - Nominated and won for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture - Television or Other Visual Media for Walk the Line. Hollywood Film Festival: 2005 - Nominated and won for Actor of the Year. Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards: 2000 - Nominated for a Sierra Award for Best Supporting Actor for both Quills and Gladiator. MTV Movie Awards: 2001 - Nominated for Best Line From a Movie and Best Villain for Gladiator. 2006 - Nominated for Best Performance for Walk the Line. Movie Guide Awards: 2005 - Nominated for Grace Award for Most Inspiring Movie Acting for Ladder 49. Music Video Production Association Awards: 2006 - Nominated for Directorial Debut, Direction of a New Artist, and Adult Contemporary. National Board of Review: 2000 - Nominated and won for Best Supporting Actor for Quills, Gladiator, and The Yards. Online Film Critics Society Awards: 2001 - Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Gladiator. 2006 - Nominated for Best Actor for Walk the Line. People Choice Awards: 2008 - Nominated and won for Favorite Leading Man. Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: 2001 - Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for both Quills and Gladiator. San Diego Film Critics Society Awards: 2000 - Nominated and won for Special Award for Body of Work for Quills, Gladiator, and The Yards. Satelite Awards: 2001 - Nominated for Golden Satelite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Drama for Gladiator. 2005 - Nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for Walk the Line. SAG Awards: 2001 - Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Gladiator. 2005 - Nominated for Outstanding Performance by the Cast in a Motion Picture for Hotel Rwanda. 2006 - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Walk the Line. Teen Choice Awards: 2005 - Nominated for Choice Movie Actor - Drama for Ladder 49. Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards: 2005 - Nominated for Best Actor for Walk the Line. Young Artist Awards: 1985 - Nominated for Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture for Parenthood. 1990 - Nominated for Best Young Actor in a Family Film Made for Television for ABC Afterschool Specials: Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia.

  • Joaquin has participated in and supported 23 different causes and charities over the years.

    Some having to do with making our world a better place and helping those who live in it include: American Red Cross, amfAR, Amnesty International USA, The Art of Elysium, Aspen Filmfest, Chrysalis, Direct Current Media/4Real, Divided We Fail, Earth Love Movement Foundation, SOS/Live Earth, The Peace Alliance, The Happy Hearts Fund, Kiss For a Cause Film Foundation and Museum, The Lunchbox Fund, The Painted Turtle, HEART, The Peapod, and Rock'n Roll Fantasy Camp to Benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.

    Others having to do with the protection of animals and their fur include: AFIPA, SPA, PETA, The Cool vs. Cruel Competition, and Earthlings.

  • Joaquin was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

  • Joaquin earned $3,5000,00 for Walk the Line in 2005, $850,000 for Ladder 49 in 2004, $5,000,000 for The Village in 2004, $1,000,000 for Signs in 2002, $700,000 for Buffalo Soldiers in 2001 and $375,000 for Quills.

  • Joaquin doesn't like to watch his own screen performances, with the exception of his role in 2000's Quills.

  • Joaquin often plays the supporting role of insecure, conflicted characters with a dark side.

  • Joaquin replaced actor Mark Ruffalo when he pulled out of Signs for health reasons.

  • Joaquin narrated the film Earthlings on behalf of animal rights activist group, PETA. The video is about animal abuse in factory farms, pet mills, and in industry research.

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