Christian Bale has won the supporting-actor Golden Globe for his role as a former boxer whose career unravelled amid drugs and crime in The Boxer.
The first prize at the Globes, the win boosts the Academy Awards prospects for Bale, the star of Hollywood’s current Batman franchise, who is favoured to win supporting-actor at the February 27 Oscars.
Bale thanked his collaborators on The Fighter, among them director David O Russell and star and producer Mark Wahlberg, who plays boxer Micky Ward to Bale’s Dicky Eklund, Ward’s older half brother.
“I’ve really got to give a shout out to Mark, because he drove this whole movie, and you can only give a loud performance like the one I gave when you have a quiet anchor and a stoic character,” Bale said.
Annette Bening earned the Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy, setting her up for her latest showdown at the Academy Awards, where the Hollywood veteran has never won.
Bening won for the lesbian-family tale The Kids Are All Right.
“I’m very proud to be a part of this very special film about two women who are deeply in love and try to keep their family together,” Bening said. “My partner, Julianne Moore, I have to thank first. She asked me to do the picture with her. “
Toy Story 3 won the Globe for animated films. The Social Network won two awards, best screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and musical score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Diane Warren’s You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me from Burlesque won for best song. The Danish family drama In A Better World won the foreign film Globe.