Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix begin their race for gold.
The sure-to-be-divisive Joker picked up the top prize from the 76th Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world. The comic book film from Todd Phillips received a standing ovation after it premiered and immediately earned raves for its star, Joaquin Phoenix.
The Golden Lion win for the film was a surprise, as comic book films are rarely in luck when it comes to the awards season. But, Warner Bros. has been positioning Joker for an awards race since the adaptation was first announced.
Just as talked-about was the inclusion of Roman Polanski's latest, An Office and a Spy. The director has been absent from many major appearances since the #MeToo movement reignited conversation around Polanski's past legal troubles. In 1978, Polanski was charged with statutory rape before he fled to Europe. In 2018, he was removed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His film earned the Grand Jury prize.
Lucrecia Martel served as this year's jury president.
Dir. Todd Phillips
SILVER LION GRAND JURY PRIZE
AN OFFICER AND A SPY
Dir. Roman Polanski
SILVER LION BEST DIRECTOR
VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTRESS
VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTOR
BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD
NO. 7 CHERRY LANE
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
THE MAFIA IS NO LONGER WHAT IT USED TO BE
Dir. Franco Maresco
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD
For a full list of winners, click here.