Joaquin Phoenix's award-winning film "You Were Never Really Here" won't be competing at the next Oscars.

Deadline reports that the neo-noir that earned Phoenix Best Actor at this year's Cannes Festival, has been bumped to February 2018, which means it's out of this year's Oscar race.

The movie, directed by Lynne Ramsay, also won Best Screenplay at Cannes. It's based on the crime novel by Jonathan Ames, about a Gulf War vet-turned-assassin who goes to some dark places to find a senator's missing daughter. While critics praised Phoenix's performance, they also called the movie, which has been widely compared to "Taxi Driver," "a brutal, punishing watch" and "grimly violent."

The movie is from Amazon Studios, which scored two Oscars last year with "Manchester By the Sea."

The Scottish director's previous films include "We Need to Talk About Kevin," "Ratcatcher," and "Morvern Callar."

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