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Joaquin Phoenix didn't exactly start off the awards season on the right foot, however, he's certainly beloved, his performance in "The Master" is titanic stuff, and he was still rewarded by his peers with an Oscar nomination for Paul Thomas Anderson's film. And while we'll leave it to the prognosticators to determine his chances against Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln," Phoenix has already come out on top in one competition. Over the weekend, the London Critis' Circle Awards were handed out, and Phoenix beat Day-Lewis for Best Actor. And while he wasn't overseas to pick up the honor, the actor issued a pretty great little statement of thanks, while cheekily tipping his hat and giving respectful due to a certain "up-and-coming" actor. We'll just let you read the whole thing below and in case you missed it, here's the cover art for the forthcomg home video release of "The Master, »

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