Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. Joker provides a possible origin story for the character; set in 1981, it follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian whose descent into insanity and nihilism inspires a violent counter-cultural revolution against the wealthy in a decaying Gotham City. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron appear in supporting roles. Joker was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Films, and Joint Effort, in association with Bron Creative and Village Roadshow Pictures, and distributed by Warner Bros.
Joker has received numerous accolades. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, it won Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir and Best Actor – Drama for Phoenix. It also earned a leading 11 nominations at two ceremonies – the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor for Phoenix; and the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Phoenix, and Best Director.