Critical reaction to Todd Phillips’ Joker has so far been mostly effusive, and it continued this past weekend with the film taking the Venice Film Festival’s coveted Golden Lion.

Next stop, Oscar?

The flick, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the origin story of the purple-preferring Batman nemesis, received an eight-minute standing ovation – and that wasn’t just people clapping together as they clambered for the exits when the credits started rolling.

Joker takes over Australian cinemas from October 3. Check out the “final” trailer here.

Meanwhile, here’s Todd’s Venice acceptance speech: