Joker takes the Golden Lion top prize at the Venice Film Festival

It seems that everyone at the Venice Film Festival truly liked Todd Phillips’ Joker as it has won the top prize, the Golden Lion.

The Venice Film Festival is wrapping up in Italy on Saturday, and that means it’s time to hand out the prizes. This particular film festival has more awards than most with different levels and unusual names, but the recognized top prize is the Golden Lion.

Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips were both on hand to accept the prestigious award for their film.

Joker is not yet done with the film festival circuit with showings still scheduled for Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Fest, and the Zurich Film Festival.

There is still a long road ahead of it, but taking home the Golden Lion definitely puts Joker into the conversations for the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. There is no direct correlation, but it just furthers putting the film on the road to those prizes when as the autumn film season progresses.

With just under a month until Joker hits general release, it’s going to be an interesting few weeks as Joker continues its film festival journey.

Joker hits theaters on Oct. 4.