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Joker Wins Venice Film Festival's Highest Award

After reportedly receiving an eight-minute standing ovation following its premiere at the event, Todd Phillips' Joker film has won the Venice Film Festival's highest prize.

According to The WrapJoker beat out such films Roman Polanski's An Officer and a Spy, James Gray's Ad Astra and Steven Soderbergh's The Laundromat to win this year's Golden Lion. Polanski's film the Grand Jury Prize, which is the runner up award.

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“I want to thank Warner Bros. and DC for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking a big swing on me,” Phillips said while accepting the Golden Lion.

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Prior to its release, Joker was receiving Oscar buzz, with many thinking the movie might be a legitimate contender to take home some of the industry's biggest awards. That talk has only increased following the movie's debut, which received largely positive reviews and reactions from critics, with Joaquin Phoenix's performance as Arthur Fleck/Joker being singled out in particular.

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.

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