'Joker' Enters Oscar Race by Winning Golden Lion at 2019 Venice Film Festival
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In the meantime, Roman Polanski's 'An Officer and a Spy' nails the Grand Jury Prize, and 'About Endlessness' helmer Roy Andersson takes home the Silver Lion for Best Director.

AceShowbiz - Joaquin Phoenix's turn as Batman villain The Joker in Todd Phillips' dark new movie has picked up the Golden Lion award for best movie at the Venice Film Festival.

"Joker" beat out the competition in the main category to officially enter the Oscar race, while embattled director Roman Polanski's "An Officer and a Spy" landed the Grand Jury Prize.

There were also big wins for filmmaker Roy Andersson, who picked up the Silver Lion for Best Director, Ariane Ascaride (Best Actress), and Luca Marinelli (Best Actor).

The list of winners is:

  • Golden Lion: "Joker"
  • Grand Jury Prize: "An Officer and a Spy"
  • Silver Lion, Best Director: Roy Andersson, "About Endlessness"
  • Best Actress: Ariane Ascaride, "Gloria Mundi"
  • Best Actor: Luca Marinelli, "Martin Eden"
  • Best Screenplay: Yonfan, "No. 7 Cherry Lane"
  • Special Jury Prize: "La Mafia Non E Piu Quello Di Una Volta" a.k.a. "The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be"
  • Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress: Toby Wallace, "Babyteeth"
  • Horizons Best Film: "Atlantis (2019)", director Valentyn Vasyanovych
  • Horizons Best Director: Theo Court, "Blanco En Blanco"
  • Horizons Special Jury Prize: "Verdict"
  • Horizons Best Actress: Marta Nieto, "Madre (2019)"
  • Horizons Best Actor: Sami Bouajila, "A Son"
  • Best Screenplay: Jessica Palud, "Revenir"
  • Best Short Film: "Darling"
  • Lion of the Future Award (for a Debut Film): "You Will Die at 20", directed by Amjad Abu Alala

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