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Joaquin Phoenix wins Oscar for Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix has won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in "Joker".
Joaquin Phoenix arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor Academy Award Sunday for his role as a wanna-be-comedian destined to become a supervillain in “Joker.”

It is Phoenix’s first Oscar and fourth nomination.

Widely praised for performances in films ranging from “Gladiator” to the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line,” a best actor win had proved elusive for Phoenix.