At the BAFTAs, Joaquin Phoenix curtsied to Prince William, who fanboyed ‘Joker’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

I know there was a lot of conversation about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance at BAFTA on Sunday night, and whether they were uncomfortable with some of the “jokes” made by Brad Pitt (in absentia) and Rebel Wilson. When I watched the edited version of the ceremony on BBC America, I honestly didn’t think they looked that uncomfortable. Maybe a little bit during Rebel Wilson’s bit. But it was like Laura Dern rang a bell and Bob DeNiro yelled “SHAME!” at them. Of course, the funniest part to me was that they stuck around after the ceremony and glad-handed a lot of the (gasp!) movie stars. They made sure to post a lot of photos onto social media of all of their glamorous, Hollywood-type adventures too, and nary a peep from all of the British tabloids, all of whom wept and screamed continuously about the fact that Meghan was an actress with friends in the actor community.

Anyway, one of the funniest interactions had to be the one between Prince William and Joaquin Phoenix. Remember, Joaquin gave a somewhat brilliant speech about dismantling white power structures when he won Best Actor. That came minutes before William came on to give his sad little struggle speech about how terrible it is that the BAFTAs are so white, and maybe someone should do something about it. So, William and Joaquin met after/during the ceremony. And Joaquin curtsied. OMG.

This is perhaps my favorite awards show moment from Joaquin. It’s not that I believe William deserves any kind of deference – he does not, especially from an American – but Joaquin is such a beautiful idiot. Phoenix doesn’t know what to do, so instead of doing a simple neck bow, he scrambled and curtsied. Bless. William was unfazed though – William was actually fan-boying Joker. Or as William calls it, The Joker.

Prince William wants to avoid any royal nightmares! After dazzling on the red carpet and taking their front row seats for the awards show, the royal and wife Kate Middleton met some of the stars at Sunday’s prestigious BAFTA event at London’s Royal Albert Hall. While chatting with The Joker star and best actor winner Joaquin Phoenix, Prince William admitted that he “put off” seeing the film after getting some warnings.

“Lovely to meet you,” William told the actor. “I absolutely loved The Joker. It was brilliant. I put it off and put it off before watching it, as people kept telling me ‘be careful when you choose to watch it.’ I’m glad I didn’t watch it before bed, but huge congratulations on an amazing performance.”

Phoenix also had praise for the Queen’s grandson, who pointedly addressed the lack of diversity in the awards nominations at the awards show. “Thank you for your speech,” the actor told him.

[From People]

Joker wasn’t a scary movie at all? Trust me, I can’t watch scary movies and I watched this one night and I wasn’t freaked out at all. Honestly, Parasite freaked me out more than Joker! Parasite is the one that sticks in the back of your mind for days/weeks. Anyway, it’s so nice that after both white dudes gave big speeches about the need for more diversity in film, they could show the proper deference for each other. I guess.

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  1. Erinn says:

    “I can’t watch scary movies and I watched this one night and I wasn’t freaked out at all. Honestly, Parasite freaked me out more than Joker!”

    Hahahah – as someone who gets terrified from commercials alone, I can’t even do thriller type movies a lot of the time. I get too anxious.

    • Aang says:

      Parasite made me really anxious. I haven’t done Joker yet. I have family at the very bottom of the economic ladder. A brother that works but still needs me to pay his rent. I’m lucky I can live well and still keep my brother fed and housed. Not everyone has family that can step up. I’m the only thing between him and homelessness and probably suicide. Terrible income inequality keeps me up at night.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        I’m sorry for the hardships your brother faces,I have a friend who supports her working brother and his family too,it takes a difficult toll on them both,you sound like a very good sister,and a very strong woman.

  2. Lucy says:

    Yeah, with the slight difference that Joaquin’s speech was better.

  3. Char says:

    I lost two hours of my life with Joker and I regret it. Joaquin is great, but the movie is awful, there’s nothing there, nothing.

  4. Guest says:

    Lol the dailymail had an article talking about why Hollywood is mocking the royals. So of course they found a way to blame Meghan and harry 🤣

    • Noodle says:

      @Guest, the British media probably has a flow chart that lists all the terrible things that can and did happen, and every instance points to M&H. Earthquake? Meghan and Harry. Wrinkles? Meghan and Harry. Tea cold? Yep, Meghan and Harry again!

  5. Spicecake38 says:

    I like Joaquin a lot,he deserves to win the oscar and I’m sure he will.
    I appreciate his BAFTA speech and his activism for PETA and climate change;all good,but I think I prefer the weirdo, reclusive Joaquin more as he benefits from the mystery- I’m slightly uncomfortable watching him campaign…

  6. Mumbles says:

    Lol, “The Joker.” And lol that William would like a movie where the powerful and wealthy are exposed for the hypocrites that they are.

    • Spicecake38 says:

      I think he’s so dumb he really didn’t pick that up…And I think Joaquin was mocking him with that curtsy..

      • Ain’tNoTelling says:

        @SPICECAKE38, agreed. Mockery. And Joaquin has the same look on his face that I get, when I’m going through the motions of something that is totally ridiculous, yet necessary, in order to earn my money, like listening to a supervisor drone on and on about some new policy or process, that will yield zero to little benefit, yet was crafted as the plan that will save humanity.

        Yep. I get it.

        William’s clueless. Can’t believe Kate waited around for this man for over 10 years, or whatever time.

    • Beatles says:

      I think that’s why William said he was glad he didn’t watch it right before bed. That’s a horror story to him- exposing the wealthy and powerful.

      That was a bit of a telling remark by Wandering.

  7. GuestOne says:

    Re William’s speech the Daily Beast had an article that ‘Woke’ William is following in his mother’s activist footsteps& to expect more from him. The Times had a piece that this display of ‘wokeness’ was a sign of William maturing. The media (including respectable press) can’t even hide their double standards.

    • Tessa says:

      Meghan and Harry got bashed for “woke”. William is nothing like his mother, he’s now morphed into his father.

  8. Case says:

    What’s funny to me is that Joker is trying to be a “serious comic movie” or whatever, but my favorite part about it was the idea it presented about how he is connected to Bruce Wayne. Of course there are a lot of misdirects in the movie and they also show you that the first scenario could be fake, but…it was still super interesting to me, and made me like the movie more.

    And no lol, it wasn’t scary. Dark, yes, but not scary.

  9. Catherine says:

    I will never get over that curtsy 😂😂😂😂😂 it was so sweet/funny and straight out of the Downton Abbey movie😩😩😩😩😩😩 the Joker movie was disturbing as was Parasite – especially since I’m trying to hire someone to help with my baby IT WAS NOT THE TIME TO WATCH PARASITE😭 the Joker – I really didn’t want to watch another Batman remake – Joaquin was extraordinary, right? Never seen anything like it

  10. olliesmom says:

    Joaquin was mesmerizing in Joker and I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. He immerses himself in his roles (also Walk the Line) so much that he becomes his character and you forget that you are watching Joaquin Phoenix. I felt some empathy for his character in Joker.

  11. Awkward symphony says:

    Joaquin was brilliant in the movie. NormalBill’s awkward chat up was so cringy to watch. Joaquin’s speech was better than his pathetic PR speech

  12. Laurie says:

    Joaquin can be so awkwardly adorable lol. I don’t think he knew what to do so he just curtsied to show some respect. Joker was so dark but his performance was extraordinary! He definitely deserves the recognition and the awards!