Four DC Movies With Joker Have Won Oscars

Following Joker's wins for Best Original Score and Best Actor at the 2020 Academy Awards, every live-action film featuring the character since 1989's Batman has been awarded at least one Oscar. Prizes awarded on Sunday to composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and actor Joaquin Phoenix for Joker — an R-rated origin story depicting Phoenix's Arthur Fleck as a mentally troubled, failed stand-up comedian who descends into madness after suffering one particularly bad day in early 1980s Gotham City — brings the total Oscar nominations for films featuring the character to 21, with appearances in the award-winning Batman, The Dark Knight, Suicide Squad and Joker.

The Tim Burton-directed Batman, starring Jack Nicholson as the infamous DC Comics villain, was the character's first film to be nominated and win an Oscar when it was awarded Best Art Direction-Set Decoration. It would be nearly 20 years before Joker appeared in another live-action Batman feature — 2008's The Dark Knight — where Heath Ledger played the anarchistic menace opposite Christian Bale's Batman.

Ledger was posthumously awarded Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Christopher Nolan's blockbuster, which also scored Best Achievement in Sound Editing. The Batman Begins sequel earned eight nominations in all.

David Ayer's DC Extended Universe-set Suicide Squad, where it was Jared Leto in the role of the tattooed clown prince of crime opposite Margot Robbie's head-over-heels Harley Quinn, was nominated for and won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.

The Todd Phillips-directed Joker led this year's Oscars nominees with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, making it the first DC Comics film nominated for the award. Of its 11 nominations — including Best Director for Phillips, Best Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design and Makeup and Hairstyling — Joker won two Oscars, taking home gold for Best Original Score and Best Actor.

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Joker is now tied with The Dark Knight for the most Oscar wins for any DC superhero movie. The most-awarded superhero movie at the Oscars remains Marvel Studios' Black Panther, which won three of its seven nominations.

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

Joker is now available to own on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray.

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