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Joaquin Phoenix won a Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his performance in "Joker."
After the ceremony, he met up with animal activists to "bear witness and give water" to the animals at a meatpacking plant in Los Angeles.
"People need to know the truth. I think we have the obligation to do that, those of us that have seen it for what it really is. We have an obligation to expose it, so I have to be here," the 45-year-old actor said in a Facebook video shared on Sunday.
Joaquin Phoenix, 45, won a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his performance in "Joker," but the Shrine Auditorium wasn't his only stop on Sunday night.
The actor left the award ceremony and joined fellow animal activists at Farmer John Clougherty Packing Co., a meatpacking plant in Los Angeles, to "witness and give water" to the pigs.
"We are so indoctrinated with these images of happy animals on farms, on the covers of meat containers and restaurants and all kinds of advertisements — and it's a lie," Phoenix said in a Facebook video posted on Sunday night.
He continued, "People need to know the truth. I think we have the obligation to do that, those of us that have seen it for what it really is. We have an obligation to expose it, so I have to be here."
Phoenix, who reportedly suggested the 2020 Golden Globes plant-based menu to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, also noted that his efforts as an animal activist have been well-received by his peers.
"In some ways a lot of people are really receptive. I've gotten a lot of emails and texts from friends in the industry that have said 'Thank you,'" He said, adding, "As heartbreaking as it is when we're here giving water to the pigs, I have a certain optimism in our community and how committed everyone is."
The gathering was organized by LA Animal Save, the Los Angeles chapter of The Save Movement. The individuals come together to "bear witness" weekly, and Sunday was not the first time that Phoenix attended.
"It is a crucial form of activism that has already been incredibly impactful and Joaquin's regular attendance at our vigils in LA has inspired activists both locally and globally. We are so grateful for this voice," LA Animal Save founder Amy Jean Davis told Insider.
The "Walk the Line" actor has been advocating for a plant-based diet and animal rights throughout his career and has been vegan for most of his life. In a November 2019 interview with Vanity Fair, he recalled the moment in his childhood when he saw fishermen violently kill a fish, an animal he had fed and cared for prior to that moment.
"I have a vivid memory of my mom's face, which — I have seen that same face maybe one other time, where she was completely speechless because we yelled at her. 'How come you didn't tell us that's what fish was?' I remember tears streaming down her face... She didn't know what to say," he told Vanity Fair.
The Golden Globe winner and his fiancée, Rooney Mara, are both vegan and vocal advocates for animal rights. Phoenix also produced the 2019 documentary "The Animal People," which is focused on activism and social movements against institutions of power.
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