Golden Globes: Joaquin Phoenix Says 'We Need To Do More' About Australian Bushfires, Climate Change

Joaquin Phoenix used his Golden Globes win to stress the urgency of the Australian bushfire crisis and urged global action on climate change.

Phoenix got on stage at the pointy end of the competition to accept the award Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for his role in 'Joker'.

He began his speech by thanking the organisers for making the decision to serve an entirely plant-based meal at the awards for the first time in history.

Phoenix -- vegan from a young age -- said it was crucial the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) acknowledged the link between "animal agriculture and climate change".

"It was a really bold move making tonight plant-based and it sends a very powerful message," he said.

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He went on to thank his fellow nominees in the category, before turning his attention back to climate change.

"Contrary to popular belief, I don't want to rock the boat, but the boat is f***ing rocked," the actor began.

"It's really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia but we have to do more than that, right?"

"It's such a beautiful gesture... and I have not always been a virtuous man and I am learning so much from all of you in this room for multiple opportunities to get it right," he said.

Phoenix urged the Globes audience in LA and worldwide to be "unified and actually make some changes".

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"It's great to vote but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives.

"We don't have to take private jets to Palm Springs -- please," said Phoenix.

"And I'll try to do better too, thank you so much for putting up with me," he said as the orchestra began playing him off to wrap up his speech.

Celebs including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Russell Crowe (via a written message), Ellen DeGeneres and Ricky Gervais were among others who mentioned the bushfire crisis in Australia during the Globes ceremony.

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