Joker: Todd Phillips Nabs Top Honor At Venice Film Festival For Joaquin Phoenix DC Movie

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In case you weren't hyped enough for the new Joker movie, the film just managed to achieve something nobody probably predicted. Director Todd Phillips has just been handed the top award at the Venice Film Festival.

The news comes from The Guardian, which confirms that Phillips took home the Golden Lion award at the 76th Venice Film Festival. It's an amazing feat considering that previous winners include Rashomon, Brokeback Mountain, Roma and The Shape of Water.

Phillips celebrated the win with a grateful post on Instagram. Check it out below.

"What a magical night in a magical city at a magical film festival. Thank you Venice!!" Phillips wrote, adding the hashtags #joker, #venezia76, and #goldenlion.


There is little doubt that Joker left a lasting impression on audiences at the film festival. The movie got a lengthy eight-minute standing ovation after its premiere and has been certified 85% Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes.

The win is certainly a pleasant surprise since people were initially cautious of the film which doesn't adapt Joker's comic book storyline. In addition to that, it's being helmed by the same guy who directed The Hangover. Nevertheless, it looks like Phillips and Joker are determined to prove everybody wrong. Now we just can't wait for October.

While Phillips took the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Roman Polanski was unable to attend the event where he was awarded the Silver Lion for his film The Officer and The Spy.

Joker will finally hit theaters on October 4.

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