Joaquin Phoenix’s memorable moment at the Cannes Film Festival was marked by a surprising twist of indifference followed by heartfelt explanation. This incident unfolded during his nomination for Best Actor for his role in Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here.”
The anticipation was high as the famous film director and producer, Pedro Almodóvar, announced his name, but Joaquin initially remained seated, seemingly unresponsive to the thunderous applause that ensued. Instead, he whispered something to his girlfriend before finally rising from his seat.
As he ascended the stage to accept his well-deserved accolade, Joaquin humorously addressed his appearance, notably his sneakers. He explained, “This was totally unexpected, as you can see from my shoes. I don’t wear leather, and my shoes were sent home on the plane!” It was a lighthearted moment that endeared him further to the audience.
However, the mystery behind his initial reluctance to stand became clearer during a subsequent press conference. Joaquin revealed that he doesn’t speak French and was genuinely baffled by the proceedings. He admitted, “I thought it would be really messed up if I went up onstage, and they were like, ‘No, no, you don’t have to go up.’ It sounds naive to say it now. Like, of course you go up.”
This incident sparked a bit of debate, with some speculating on his reasons for hesitation. While one user pointed out that his name wasn’t in French and that he should have recognized it, another suggested that he might have been uncertain and didn’t want to embarrass himself. Some attributed it to the difficulty in understanding Almodóvar’s pronunciation, while others speculated that Joaquin was simply in a momentary daze.
In the end, this episode showcased not only Joaquin Phoenix’s humility but also his charming and genuine personality. Beyond his on-screen talent, it revealed a down-to-earth side of the actor.