I didn’t plan on watching the Oscars last night. The broadcast just happened to be playing at the restaurant I was located. I’m grateful that I got to see the last handful of awards especially Joaquin Phoenix’s win for Best Actor in Joker. Phoenix, once known for abhorring the awards show circuit he was paraded through with Walk the Line, displayed gratitude, humility, compassion, and wisdom in his wide-ranging acceptance speech that promoted forgiveness over woke ‘cancel culture’ and compassion for animals over destructive natural resource plundering. So now we know he is both a great actor as well as brave and thoughtful. Phoenix was already brilliant in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. The rest of us are now caught up.