Joaquin Phoenix’s scar between his nose and his lip is due to a microform cleft, which occurs in utero and is a milder form of a cleft lip. Cleft lip and palate abnormalities occur in about 1 in 700 births.
Movie critics say that Phoenix had an Oscar-worthy performance in 2012 as Freddie Quell in The Master. However, after Phoenix was nominated for an Oscar for his role of Johnny Cash in Walk The Line he ranted in an interview how the Oscars are bulls***.
In a November 2012 interview, he has expressed that he wouldn’t have had the career he has had without the Oscars.