JOKER wins big at Venice Film Festival, road to Oscars begins

Joker (Warner Bros.)

Joker was already tipped for big things when fans learned it would have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Over the weekend the festival drew to a close with its annual awards ceremony celebrating the best of the festival. Joker took home the Gold Lion prize for Best Film, the highest honest of the festival.

This is a huge win not just for Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix, but this is also a huge win for comic book movies in general.

Whilst the win doesn’t guarantee Joker nominations for Golden Globes or Oscars it is a sure fire sign that the film will perform well across the awards season.

With plenty more festival appearances to come Joker has a long road ahead of it. As the film potentially picks up more awards it will only increase interest for when it finally opens in cinemas next month.

Are you excited for Joker? We’d love to hear from you if you are!

Phillips directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver, based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, also starring are Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

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Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & Tv and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG