Globes Flashback '06: Phoenix Walks the Line
By ROBERT PACE
November 27, 2012
It's no secret that Joaquin Phoenix isn't fond of awards shows. He's made that clear throughout his acting career and recently reiterated his dislike and discomfort with awards shows. Nonetheless, when he won an award in 2006 for Walk the Line, he was all smiles.
"Pitting people against each other . . . It's the stupidest thing in the whole world. It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when 'Walk the Line' was going through all the awards stuff and all that," he said in a recent interview, but this flashback displays a different perspective.
"No, it's alright," he says when directly asked if he finds the awards process uncomfortable. "It's not that bad. It's really surreal, you know what I mean? It's wild, but honestly I think this means more to me than I think I imagined."
Although Phoenix seems slightly agitated by some of the questions that he is delivered in the pressroom, including "What do you think that Johnny [Cash] would say to you right now if he could," he is primarily smiles and laughs as he soaks in his first Golden Globe.
The overwhelming pleasant experience of winning his first major award may have rendered him delirious and now unable to recall the joyful experience, as Phoenix often flashes amazed looks at his award in between questions from the press.
Phoenix has not won another major award since then. If he has the (mis)fortune of winning another award, we wonder if he'll walk the lines he speaks.