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Joaquin Phoenix calls for equality, quotes his brother in Oscar speech

(CNN) — Joaquin Phoenix may have won his first Oscar for his role in “Joker,” but the actor used his moment in the spotlight to call attention to serious causes.

Phoenix picked up the award for best actor, becoming the second performer to win an Oscar for playing the comic book villain. In his speech, he delivered a message of unity, saying whatever the cause was close to a person’s heart — be it gender inequality, racism or animal rights — “we’re talking about the fight against injustice.”

“We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity,” he said.

He also said he hopes others are granted what he has been previously — a chance to be better.

“I’ve been a scoundrel in my life. I’ve been selfish. I’ve been cruel at times, hard to work with, and I’m grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance,” he said. “And I think that’s when we’re at our best — when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow, when we educate each other, when we guide each other towards redemption. That is the best of humanity.”

He concluded by emotionally quoting a lyric written by his late brother, River Phoenix, when he was 17 years old: “Run into the rescue with love and peace will follow.”

The first person to win an Oscar for playing the Joker character was Heath Ledger, who won posthumously in 2009 for his role in “The Dark Knight.”

This is the second time two actors have won Oscars for playing the same character.

In 1972, Marlon Brando won a best actor Oscar for playing Vito Coreleone. Two years later, Robert De Niro won best supporting actor for playing a younger version of the same character.

In 2005, both Phoenix and Ledger competed against one another in the best actor category for their roles in “Walk the Line” and “Brokeback Mountain” respectively. They lost that year to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won for “Capote.”

The award is Phoenix’s first Oscar. He previously was nominated for “The Master,” “Walk the Line” and “Gladiator.”

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Comforting Soups to help you get through winter

Feeling the winter blues? Need some warmth to help get you through?

In our kitchen today, Michelle Dudash, RDN, Registered Dietitian, Chef and Author of Clean Eating for Busy Families, shares TWO soup recipes: A Hearty Broccoli Cheddar and Yukon Gold Potato Soup and a Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Registered dietitian and chef Michelle Dudash is here with her comforting soup recipes to help you get through winter. Here’s more:

Both recipes today are from Michelle’s book, “Clean Eating for Busy Families.”

Enjoy Hearty Broccoli Cheddar Soup without all of the saturated fat. Michelle lightens up what is typically a heavy soup by pureeing creamy gold potatoes and just a touch of butter, in place of heavy cream and lots of butter. The result is a silky, creamy soup.

  1. Yukon Gold Potatoes or Gold Potatoes are a good substitution for butter and heavy cream in recipes, since they have a buttery color and taste. They are great in mashed potatoes, too.

Puree the soup, while leaving half of the broccoli in whole florets, to keep the soup chunky and satisfying.

  1. Make Michelle’s Chicken Tortilla Soup in just 30 Minutes!
    With the help of Michelle Dash Dinners Taco Spice Kits.

Brown boneless chicken thighs or breasts on one side. Add 1 Dash Dinners Taco Spice Kit, 1 (15-oz) can crushed or diced tomatoes, 1 can rinsed and drained pinto beans, and 3 cups chicken broth. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Ladle over broken tortilla chips, if you wish, and sprinkle with your favorite toppings, like avocado, lime juice, and cilantro.

Hearty Broccoli Cheddar & Yukon Gold Potato Soup

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil or butter, or half of each
1 small onion, thinly sliced (about a cup)
1 small leak, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise, using white and light green parts only (about 1 cup)
1 stalk celery, sliced (about 2/3 cup)
1 teaspoon garlic, sliced
2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch chunks (about 2 cups)
4 cups organic or reduced sodium vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 cups bite-size broccoli florets, divided
1 cup low-fat milk
2 cups reduced fat shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
2 cups whole-grain croutons, for topping

Heat a large pot over medium heat and add oil and butter. After butter melts and begins to bubble, add onion, leek, celery, and garlic. Sauté until translucent, reducing heat as needed to prevent browning, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes, broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper, and simmer for 7 minutes. Add 3 cups of broccoli and simmer until potatoes and broccoli are fork-tender. Discard bay leaf, add milk, and remove from heat.

Ladle soup into a blender and puree for 1 minute until smooth. Add soup back to the pot and add remaining 3 cups of broccoli. Simmer for 5 minutes over medium-low until broccoli is tender. Sprinkle in 1 1/2 cups of cheese and stir until melted.

Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and croutons. Chill leftover for up to 3 days.

Total Prep and Cook time: 45 minutes
Yield: 6 servings, 1 cup each (with 1/4 cup croutons and 1 rounded tablespoon cheese)

Per Serving: 374 calories; 15 g total fat; 20 g protein; 42 g carbohydrate; 7 g dietary fiber; 32 mg cholesterol

To learn more, visit www.dashdinners.com.

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