Footage went viral last night showing the singer firmly sat in her seat as the rest of the room gave Phoenix a standing ovation when he was awarded Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his title role in Joker.
The likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon and Ellen DeGeneres could be seen on their feet, while Beyoncé remained seated.
“@beyonce You’re a joke for not standing up for Joaquin Phoenix,” tweeted on user. “Understandable to make a statement. But that’s just poor sportsmanship for someone that actually deserved recognition. You’re entitled and arrogant. And as an actress you’re a joke. Smh. You ought to apologize to him.”
Meanwhile, another thought, “Out of respect, she should’ve stood up. Wtf.”
“Beyoncé is overrated & it showed w her snub to Joaquin but who’s really surprised by her holier than thou attitude? Not this girl,” one other added.
However, some Twitter users have come to Beyoncé’s defence, saying the singer — who was nominated for Best Original Song for ‘Spirit’ from The Lion King — can applaud for whoever she likes.
“Joaquin Phoenix winning for Joker and receiving a standing ovation from everyone… except Beyonce. Love,” wrote one.
In addition, another fan reasoned that Beyoncé was likely unable to freely stand because of her voluminous Schiaparelli couture gown.
“Just putting it out there. MAYBE Beyoncé didn’t stand during Joaquin Phoenix’s standing ovation because her dress was massive & would have been a pain to get out of her chair with and then gather it to sit down again,” ” they wrote. “Just a thought. Maybe it wasn’t a statement.”